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Weekend Wrap: Free Of Debt fires as Goodwood contenders emerge

The Group 1 Goodwood is off the agenda for Sangster Stakes winner Snapdancer but plenty of horses put their names forward for South Australia’s sprint feature on Saturday week at Morphettville on the weekend.

Another chapter was added in the rollercoaster career of Chris Bieg’s Free Of Debt with his first-up upset win in the Group 3 D C McKay Stakes.

The former star two-year-old, placed in the 2019 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, was given a perfect ride from a good barrier by Dom Tourneur before grabbing last year’s Goodwood winner Savatoxl in the shadows of the post.

“Competing at Group 1 level as a two-year-old to a five-year-old again in Group company is amazing,’’ Bieg said.

“In two weeks time there is a pretty handy Group 1 here on his home track, he’ll be there,’’ he said.

And the eye-catching runs came around him.

Former Singapore sprinter The Inferno flashed home to finish third while local star Behemoth ticked all the boxes needed for his fourth Goodwood tilt coming from back in the field to run sixth.

“That was what I needed to see,’’ trainer David Jolly said.

While Behemoth’s return was very good it was the opposite for Will Clarken’s Beau Rossa who faded badly after racing on speed to finish last.

Champion Victorian jockey Craig Williams had a big day at the office.

He won the Group 2 Tobin Bronze aboard Seradess, who could line up in the Goodwood, the Port Adelaide Cup for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott with Splendiferous while Mask Up made it two wins from as many starts for Symon Wilde early in the day.

And while Williams dominated, local hoop Paul Gatt claimed the bookends of the card winning the opening race of the day aboard Not Usual Glorious for Travis Doudle before I Am Bene maintained her unbeaten record with a narrow win in the last race of the day.

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