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23/02/02 Sudurka Speeding Toward Stud after Oakleigh Win
0223sudurka.jpg (9239 bytes)High class entire Sudurka is likely to have only one more start before a stud career after an impressive win in this afternoon's Group One Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.

Like he did in winning last year's Salinger Stakes over the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Brian Mayfield-Smith trained sprinter got under punter's guards by starting at long odds in the plate.

Mayfield-Smith said Sudurka was heading to a stud career in New Zealand after his next start.

0223rtoscoakleigh.jpg (10395 bytes)"The next logical step was to run in the (Group One) Newmarket Handicapand that could be his last start before going to stud in New Zealand," Mayfield-Smith said.

It was Group One win number five for Mayfield-Smith since he's been back in Melbourne from a stint with the wildlife in Africa. The trainer's been busy in the past week buying horses of all disciplines, shapes and sizes.

While most would known he paid good money for a handful of well bred yearlings at the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale at Morphettville he was also the buyer of a well bred mare. And no it won't be producing him with a future star on the track.

"It's lucky he won today because that could help pay for the cutting horse I bought," he said of the $26,000 mare he snapped up during the week.

0223sudurka2.jpg (8083 bytes)"In those circles she is very well bred. She's be a legend sire. It's something a bit different but it's one of those little hobbies I have," Mayfield-Smith added.

Sudurka, today's star was unwanted in betting at $26 but proved his price wrong with a strong one length win over Mistegic ($13-$10), while the third placegetter Straight Ace ($41-$61-$51) added further value to a bumped trifecta.

The $31 chance Point Danger ran a great race to finish fourth, a touch of two lengths from the winner.

The favourite Chong Tong ($4.20-$4.60-$4.20) stumbled out of the gates and got a long way back before making up some ground in the final stages to finish sixth, less than three lengths from the winner.

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