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30/07/02 HOY: St. Steven Takes Back to Back Jumps Title
A win in Saturday's Hiskens Steeplechase at Moonee Valley sealed a back to back Champion Jumper title for the dashing 'chaser St. Steven.

With his historic win in the Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan unable to be taken into account, Saturday's win would have been the deciding factor with most voters.

In the end the John Wheeler trained gelding, who attended the wedding of one of his part owners at Mornington on Sunday, polled 40 votes from a possible 51.

The Grand National Hurdle winner Zabenz and St. Steven's classy stablemate Crafty Dancer were the only other horses to attract votes from the Victorian and South Australian judges.

As well as winning the Hiskens Steeplechase, St. Steven took the jumps event run in his honour at Moonee Valley as well as winning a race on the flat at the same track.

A son of Hula Town, St. Steven is part owned by John Wheeler and a syndicate from the Pearcedale Cricket Club headed by Norm Goedheer.

Like his success in Saturday's Hiskens Steeple, tonight's award win was a back to back success.

Last year just a few days after winning the Hiskens he was crowned the champion jumper for the first time.

The connections of St. Steven will be hoping history keeps repeating itself as the gelding is being set to defend his crown in the Nakayama Grand Jump - the world's richest jumping event.

St. Steven beat a fine line up of jumpers for this year's title including the Grand National Hurdle winner Zabenz, the Grand Annual winner Hibernian Prince, the Australian Hurdle winner Blue Star and his stablemate and Australian and Grand National Steeple winner Crafty Dancer.


St. Steven (NZ) 40
Zabenz (NZ) 6
Crafty Dancer (NZ) 5

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