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25/04/02 Tommy's St Leger Winner on Song for Adelaide
0425greysong.jpg (10794 bytes)Grey Song will be hoping to follow in the foosteps of last year's VRC St Leger winner Big Pat by winning the Group One SA Derby after winning the feature Group Three event at Flemington today.

The win has also posed a semi delimma for leading jockey Damien Oliver who thought his SA Derby mount has chosen himself after the impressive win by the kiwi Our Kazz is last Saturday's Port Adelaide Guineas at Morphettville.

Oliver isn't ready to try and separate the three-year-olds but he will have to in a couple of weeks time when they look set to clash.

0425r5doliver.jpg (9220 bytes)"They are both very nice horses," Oliver said. "I'm not prepared to say one is better than the other yet."

"Our Kazz was impressive the other day in Adelaide and that bloke (Grey Song) was just as good out there today," Oliver added.

Grey Song jumped the warm favourite in this afternoon's race and he got a long way back before making up a lot of ground when Oliver directed the three-year-old up on the inside of runners.

Despite being bumped on straightening the Tommy Hughes trained gelding proved too strong in the $151,000 race.

Grey Song was having his first run since finishing a very good fourth to Don Eduardo in the AJC Derby in Sydney on March 30.

0425hughesoliver.jpg (9277 bytes)"He is a very honest horse and a pretty tough little competitor," Hughes said after the win.

"We'll probably push on to Adelaide for the Derby," he added.

While saying the horse was already a strong performer the veteran trainer felt the grey would be a better horse later on.

"I think he's going to be much better suited in the handicap races later on," Hughes said. "He's not a real big horse and the big weights tend to prove a bit of a problem."

Hughes was pleased with the ride of Damien Oliver. The win gave Damien Oliver feature win number two for the afternoon. He early rode La Zoffany to victory in the listed Matron Stakes.

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