Flemington Winner for Animal Kingdom
Tara Madgwick - Sunday, 11 June 2017
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom (USA) added a fifth Australian winner to his tally at Flemington on Saturday when two year-old colt Royal Phoenix shared a dead heat victory with the promising Andaz, a full brother to Group II winner Arinosa.

Royal Phoenix hits the line locked with Andaz (grey) - Grant CourtneyThe Chris Waller trained Andaz was a Breednet 'One t Watch' when he scored on debut last month, so we know he has ability, so Royal Phoenix did a good job to match strides with him and share this win over 1100 metres.

Trained by Team Hawkes, Royal Phoenix was a $240,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Arrowfield draft and is a half-brother to Macau stakes-winner Sparta.

He is the second winner for Commands mare Helena Girl, who comes from the family of West Australian Group I winner Island Morn.

With five Australian winners to his credit headed by stakes-placed Lord Cecil, Animal Kingdom has made a pleasing start to his stud career for Arrowfield Stud.

He did not shuttle to Australia last year but is due back this spring at a fee of $27,500.

Race 1 - Eugene Gorman Hcp - 1100m
Class: Open. Track: Good(4). Time: 1:04.23. Sectional Time: 0:33.74 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $100,000 - 1st: $36,500 2nd: $36,500 3rd: $9,000.
 1   Royal Phoenix T: M, W and J Hawkes J: J Winks
2c   Animal Kingdom (USA) x Helena Girl (Commands )
 Lot 83 2017 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor - Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
Buyer - Hawkes Racing  $230,000
 1   Andaz T: C J Waller J: B Melham
2c   Dash For Cash x Amoroso (Revoque (IRE) )
Not Offered
 3 0.2 Evil Cry T: R E Laing J: M J Dee
2c   Street Cry (IRE) x Evilweb (Encosta De Lago )
Not Offered
 4 0.3 Prezado T: M Ellerton and S Zahra J: Ben Thompson
2g   Denman x Nerrin Twister (Elvstroem )
 5 1.3 Sia T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: S Baster
2f   Fastnet Rock x Hips Don't Lie (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA) )
 6 2.3 Lone Eagle T: M G Price J: D Oliver
2c   Zoffany (IRE) x Green Mirage (Green Desert (USA) )
 7 4.3 Found Out T: M Ellerton and S Zahra J: D W Stackhouse
2c   Exceed And Excel x Secret Liaison (Artie Schiller (USA) )
 8 4.5 The Consigliere T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: C J Parish
2c   I Am Invincible x Perpugilliam (Dr Fong (USA) )
 9 5.5 Olifants T: Darren Beadman J: A Mallyon
2c   Animal Kingdom (USA) x Graskop (Manton )
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