Lene­han’s Cir­cus Dancer re­mains strong

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Hor­sham trainer Stephen Lene­han con­tin­ues to chalk up the win­ners through re­cent ac­qui­si­tion, Cir­cus Dancer.

At Eden­hope, the four-yearold lined up in a bench­mark-58 hand­i­cap over 1000 me­tres.

Rid­den by Tahlia Hope, Cir­cus Dancer was sent straight to the lead, set­ting a solid early tempo. The $3.20 chance con­tin­ued to travel well, and slipped away to a three-length lead be­fore the home turn. The daugh­ter of Walk­ing Or Danc­ing gave a strong kick en­ter­ing the straight, main­tain­ing an un­beat­able lead.

Cir­cus Dancer tired in the shad­ows of the post, but still recorded a one-length vic­tory.

The win was Cir­cus Dancer’s se­cond in 11 starts, af­ter for­merly rac­ing with Matthew Smith.

Back-to-back cups

Dar­ren Weir made it back-to­back Eden­hope Cups, tak­ing out the 2018 ver­sion in fine style with Divine Sanc­tion.

Rid­den by come­back jockey Jar­rod Lorensini, Devine Sanc­tion was able to off­set his awk­ward bar­rier draw and race in the first half of the field.

The son of Te­ofilo con­tin­ued to travel sweetly, be­fore rapidly mak­ing up ground, prior to the turn. De­spite be­ing one of the widest run­ners in the straight, Devine Sanc­tion came home hard.

The five-year-old was slightly way­ward over the con­clud­ing stages. How­ever, Devine Sanc­tion proved too good, scor­ing by a half-length.

The win was Devine Sanc­tion’s third over­all, and it was his first for the Weir camp, af­ter pre­vi­ously rac­ing with John O’shea.

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