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09/03/02 Elegant Fashion Dazzles in Kewney
0309elegantfashion.jpg (10999 bytes)Elegant Fashion may have earned the credit she rightly deserved when she downed a class field of fillies in the $251,000 Kewney Stakes at Flemington today.

While her trainer Tony McEvoy had been sprouting her as "something special" for the past few weeks she had constantly been in the shadow of the reigning Sandown Guineas winner Moon Dragon.

Sure Moon Dragon again found trouble in today's Group Two race, but she was never going to down the filly from Lindsay Park.

0309tonymcevoy.jpg (7621 bytes)Long time Lindsay Park stable foremen Gary Fennessy and Tony McEvoy, who is now the head trainer of the dual state operation, were again full of praise for their "star."

"She's as good as we've (Lindsay Park) had for a long, long time," McEvoy beamed.

Comparisons, which are the hardest things to draw between gallopers of different eras, were drawn between the filly and the former champion prolific Group One winner How Now.

"It's probably too early to say something like that (she's as good as How Now), but she's a very, very exciting horse," he added.

That man again, Scotty Seamer, was aboard another feature race winner in the form of Elegant Fashion and it's the first time Seamer and Lindsay Park have teamed up.

"We sought him out desperately," McEvoy said of Seamer when it was known that her regular rider Greg Childs would be committed to Sunline in the Coolmore Classic in Sydney.

0309scottseamer.jpg (9398 bytes)Seamer, like McEvoy, was beaming after the race and was full of praise for the win, although he did speak of some disappointment.

"She's a very exciting filly. I'm sure she's going to be the one to beat in the Moonee Valley Oaks," Seamer said.

"It's just a pity I won't be able to ride her as I won't be in Melbourne on that day," he added.

At the post Elegant Fashion ($5-$5.50-$4.80) had three quarters of a length to spare over the runner-up Bridal Hill ($21-$26-$17), while Gold Lottey who hit the front after straightening was third a further one length in arrears.

The win by Elegant Fashion eroded some of the disappointment experienced after the stable went agonisingly close to a Group One win with North Boy finishing a short half head second to Rubitano in the Newmarket Handicap just over an hour earlier.

Many of the fillies in today's race will progress to the Moonee Valley Oaks, with Group One plans for Elegant Fashion maybe in South Australia over the Adelaide Cup Carnival.

"If we were to race on I would prefer to run in Adelaide (in preference to Sydney)," McEvoy said of his home state.

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