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Horse Racing Australia: Surprise 2013 Cox Plate Winner takes Australian Guineas

Shamus Award wins 2014 Australian Guineas

Form is temporary, class is permanent. It's an old sporting adage that often is the case.

It was so again in the Australian Guineas when Cox Plate winner Shamus Award proved beyond doubt that his win in Australia's weight-for-age championship event last spring was no fluke with a convincing win in the 1600-metre group 1 classic at Flemington.

There were plenty who wanted to pot Danny O'Brien's three-year-old colt when he made history last October after he led all the way to win the Cox Plate, becoming the first maiden to do so.

The son of Snitzel also drifted in the pre-post betting for the Guineas after his first-up run this campaign when he chased, to no avail, that tough and proven group 1 performer Moment Of Change in the Orr Stakes.

In that 1400-metre contest at the start of February, Shamus Award had pursued Peter Moody's gelding throughout and had been passed late by Eurozone, from the Bart and James Cummings' yard, giving doubters ammunition to oppose O'Brien's charge, who would have to face Eurozone at Flemington in the Guineas. 

Read more at The Age



Maiden heaven as Schofield and Shamus Award do the impossible & win Cox Plate



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