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24/05/02 Encosta on Fire Around the Country

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Blue Gum Farm's young sire sensation Encosta de Lago continued his great recent success with a powerful past week around the country.

On Saturday the son of Fairy King had impressive winners and placegetters in both Adelaide and Melbourne.

As the Adelaide Cup Carnival hit top gear it was Encosta de Lago's highly talented young daughter Lashed her again sent seasoned racegoers searching for superlatives after her second straight stakes success.

0518lashedscale.jpg (15159 bytes)Lashed, a member of the powerful Graeme Rogerson stable, again gave her rivals a huge early start before finishing in a blaze of glory with a sizzling win.

The Sir Patrick Hogan owned filly was already a Melbourne winner before heading to Adelaide when she firstly won the listed Alcohol Go-Easy Stakes at Victoria Park before last Saturday's win in the Group Three smoke-free Sires' Produce Stakes.

Hogan and winning jockey Stephen Baster were both again astonished by the filly's incredible win.

"I think this filly is obviously pretty special," Hogan said. "Her class is really shining through."

The filly was purchased by Hogan after she had scored an impressive Sandown win for Lloyd Williams' private trainer Myles Plumb.

0518sirpatrick.jpg (14659 bytes)"Graeme (Rogerson) said I should buy the filly as he thought she would shape into an Oaks type later in the year," Hogan recalled.

The filly will now head to the paddock before being targeted at the Group One VRC Oaks in November.

On the same Adelaide programme Encosta de Lago came close to scoring a feature double when the consistent filly Gold Lottey ran a gallant third to She's Archie and Tully Thunder in the Group One Feltex Carpets SA Oaks (2500m).

Gold Lottey who was also placed in the VRC Oaks in November and the Moonee Valley Oaks in March. She is now headed to Brisbane to contest the Queensland Oaks.

On the same day at Melbourne's Caulfield meeting the Tony Vasil trained Mystic Elle scored a great win, while Encosta de Lago's only other runner at that meeting Giberneau ran an excellent second.

A couple of days later the Encosta de Lago roll continued in Melbourne and Sydney when his three runners netted two wins and a second.

Circumnavigating showed his class with a strong win at Flemington, while Gazania, the Tommy Hughes trained two-year-old finished a handy second.

On the same afternoon in Sydney the youngster Prophet Jewel proved too classy.

On Tuesday the Len Treloar trained Craigmoor continued the sire's amazing run with a strong win over 1469 metres at Kyneton.

And at Caulfield on Wednesday his only runner in the country on the day Maicostus got the chocolates in great style.

Encosta de Lago, a Group One winning three-year-old, will again be standing during the 2002 season at Blue Gum Farm.

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