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24/07/02 Early Double for Symons at Sandown
r6johnsymons.jpg (9910 bytes)John Symons, the man who fronts the Macedon Lodge complex owned by Kurt Stern, has scored an early and somewhat surprising double at Sandown today.

The two-year-old filly Macedon Lady made it back to back wins when she proved too strong for Sneeze in the July Handicap over 1400 metres.

In a driving finish the daughter of Filante had a long neck to spare over the John Hawkes trained runner-up.

Macedon Lady, with Steven King in the saddle, was having just her fourth start to date and she wrapped after her second successive win. Before today she was a last start winner at Seymour.

The Symons stable made it a race to race double in the very next event when Prince Errol scored a shock win in the Winlake Handicap over 1000 metres.

In another close finish the son of Prince of Birds was able to gun down the highly fancied Almighty Yallah to win by a neck.

Starting at $31 on course and paying in excess of $50 on SuperTAB, Prince Errol, a four-year-old gelding, was ridden to victory by leading apprentice Rhys McLeod.

Not only did Macedon Lady and Prince Errol give John Symons an early double, but it was also a double for owner and breeder Martin O'Connor, a leading Melbourne based accountant.

Meanwhile, the star of the Macedon Lodge stables Bel Esprit is expected to make his return in the Group One Manikato Stakes and not the Group Two Ascot Vale Stakes at originally thought.

The Manikato Stakes, which will be run at Moonee Valley on September 14, is the first Group One race of the new season and will be run over 1200 metres.

PIC - Quentin Lang.

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