In Australia, all horses turn a year older on Aug. 1. As a result, the racing year ends the day before that. The country's last group I race of the year is historically a seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares run at Eagle farm racecourse called the Winter Stakes. This year the race was run on June 21.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse broke the record of six group I wins over the 4-day Australian Jockey Club's Fall meeting when Hasna easily won the Champagne Stakes (Aust-I) on the final day, May 3.
Hennessy landed his first Australian group I win as his 4 year-old son Grand Armee raced to a brilliant 3 1/2 length victory in the $2.5 million (Australian funds) Doncaster Handicap on April 19.
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