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10/06/02 Rodd Snares First Group One in Thrilling Cup
Boom Brisbane apprentice Michael Rodd has scored his first Group One win when Prized Gem won a thrilling $505,000 Treasury Casino Brisbane Cup (3200m) at Eagle Farm today.

A kiwi bred, owned and trained galloper, Prized Gem scored a fighting win over the Victorian stayer Majestic Avenue, while the local roughie Nauders held on to finish a close third.

Prized Gem, who as her name suggests is by the Fayette Park Stud based Prized, won the Group Two Prime Minister's Cup at the Gold Coast two starts ago. Last start the four-year-old mare finished a close third to Hey Pronto in the PJ O'Shea Stakes.

For Rodd it was the second feature stakes race win for Michael Rood. Earlier he booted home the Bryan Guy trained Alpine Express to win the listed Lightning Handicap (1000m).

Rodd, with his two winners at Eagle Farm, has now extended his lead in the overall Brisbane jockey's premiership. He is now ten wins clear of the current Hong Kong based Michael Cahill. Stathi Katsidis, who had to forego his rides today, is in third place some 15 behind the youngster.

Prized Gem is trained by Cambridge based trainer Murray Baker who was pleased with the win.

"She's a good little game horse," Baker said. "Any win is a good win but I guess the bigger ones are a bit better."

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