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30/07/02 HOY: Warrnambool's Hero the Most Popular

r5badger'swood.jpg (13190 bytes)Promising Victorian stayer Badger's Wood has caused a major upset by winning the award as the Most Popular Australian Racehorse at tonight's Australian Racing Champions Night at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

Trained at Warrnambool by Bill Peake, Badger's Wood firstly surprised most when he was voted as one of the six finalists in the award.

r5badger'swood2.jpg (15295 bytes)In a field of finalists which included Cox Plate champion Northerly, Cups heroine Ethereal, kiwi queen Sunline, tops three-year-olds Dash for Cash, Mistegic and Lonhro, the gelding was a resounding winner.

Badger's Wood polled 1331 votes from a total of 3655 calls to a voter hotline, some 36.42 percent of the vote.

He was 12.2% clear of his nearest rival, the dual Group One winning three-year-old Dash for Cash, a member of the Rick Hore-Lacy stable.

r5badger'swood3.jpg (13947 bytes)FINAL TABLE

Magic Millions Most Popular Racehorse

BADGER'S WOOD 1331 (36.42%)
Dash for Cash 812 (22.22%)
Sunline (NZ) 785 (21.48%)
Ethereal (NZ) 209 (5.72%)
Northerly 195 (6.34%)
Mistegic 162 (4.43%)
Lonhro 161 (4.4%)

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