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Australian Bloodstock could have another genuine star on their hands after Mugatoo produced a stunning display to win the Listed Canberra Cup (2000m) on Monday.

The Kris Lees-trained import made a mess of his rivals when notching up his third vcitory from as many Australian starts in the nation’s capital.

It was a case of how far and not if as Mugatoo ($1.90 fav) coasted to a 2-1/4 length victory over Bjorn Baker’s Fun Fact ($5.50), with Maid Of Ore ($15) in third.

“He is exciting isn’t he,” jockey Kerrin McEvoy said. “He has got a lot of followers already in his short career in Australia and it looked his race.

“We were down with a lightweight, drawn inside and normally he is a get back kind of horse.

“I was worried to be too far back today so I thought I would try and utilise the inside gate to a degree.

“It took him a little while to settle after I did that and I was a bit worried he wasn’t in a nice rhythm for him.

“Full credit to the horse. Once he got to the 1400m he was in a nice rhythm. He got through the ground well and finished off well.”

The performance saw react and shorten Mugatoo from $11 into $8 equal favourite in the Sydney Cup.

Mugatoo also still holds nominations for the Doncaster Mile and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

“He has got a great turn of foot at the end of his trip so there is some decisions to make but hopefully this gets his rating up to get him in some nicer races,” stable representative Lucas Miller said.

“Kris is very good at picking the right races and Luke Murrell and Jamie Lovett (Australian Bloodstock) will have some input.

“It’s a nice autumn ahead for all the horses really and it’s great to have them onboard again.”

Earlier in the card, Godolphin took home the Listed Canberra Guineas when Hugh Bowman booted home Promotions to win the $150,000 feature.

The classy three-year-old held off John Thompson’s Chat, with the John Sargent-trained Havin’ Fun close to two lengths away in third.


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