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18/03/02 Another Group One Winner for Scenic
Scenic's talented son Lord Essex graduated to racing's elite level when he downed the hot favourite Shogun Lodge in Saturday's Group One Darley Stakes at Rosehill.

The win of the John Hawkes trained gelding is perfect timing for eastern state breeders who are looking to use the services of Scenic this season on his return to Victoria.

After being sent to the front early by Rod Quinn the five-year-old then held off all of the challengers with his short half head win.

Lord Essex gained many admirers by the way be fought courageously to hold out the $4 million earner Shogun Lodge.

Stewards reported after the 1500 metre race that Lord Essex had pulled up lame and forced connections to present a vet certificate before he next runs. But there are no problems according to his astute trainer.

"He's as good as gold, there are no problems at all," Hawkes said.

A winner of the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, Scenic is by the champion sire Sadler's Wells.

At stud Scenic has been nothing short of brilliant. His list of top class performers is endless.

Universal Prince, Blevic, Shame, Episode, Lochrae, Scenic Royale, Market Price, Chattanooga, Visual Displays, Panoramic Lad, Quest for Success, Ascana, Carlin and Sports Freak are all by the mighty Scenic.

Lord Essex's triumph at Rosehill came just moments after the thrilling win by Renoirvista at Ascot in Perth. Renoirvista is also by Scenic.

Scenic will be standing alongside Bianconi, Danehill Dancer, Favorite Trick, Marju, Perugino and Rory's Jester at Collingrove Victoria for the upcoming 2002 season.

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