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TIPUNGWUTI too strong

Racegoers saw a glimpse of class when was runner-up to subsequent triple group 1 winner Miss Finland in the Listed Talindert Stakes on debut last January, but the leggy chestnut proved a handful on subsequent occasions Adelaide-based trained Mark Kavanagh, who ultimately decided to geld the unruly colt.

The decision proved a wise won when Tipungwuti, a $330,000 sale-topping Adelaide Millions buyer, scored his third straight win in the prestigious Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on Golden Slipper day. Tipungwuti was sent to Sydney off his dominant last start Listed Adelaide Guineas win and he scooted home from fourth in running, avoided a scrimmage and went to the line ahead of Pacini (Bianconi) with Carnegie House (Carnegie) in third. “He was a real hot-head before but he is turning into a good horse now,” Kavanagh said.

Jockey Dwayne Dunn said he had previously been convinced Tipungwuti was a sprinter. “He just hit the front and cruised, he did it easily. He has always shown ability,” he said.

Tipungwuti heralded a double for his sire Fusaichi Pegasus with Haradasun winning the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) one race later. He is among 26 stakes winners for the Kentucky Derby winner whose Australian-bred stars include the Hong Kong Group 1 winner Floral Pegasus. Tipungwuti is out of the Brief Truce mare So Gorgeous, herself a multiple stakes winner with wins including the Ascot Vale Stakes (Gr 2), Edward Manifold S (Gr 2), and the VATC Tranquil Star Stakes (Gr 3).

His second dam is the Bletchingly mare Crowning Jewel, a three-quarter sister-in-blood to Christmas Spirit, herself the dam of stakes winners Light Up The World, and Presenting.

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