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Taking Aim Secures G3 Ken Russell Memorial

Taking Aim Secures G3 Ken Russell Memorial

Less than 24 hours after the China Horse Club colours were carried to victory in the Group I Kentucky Oaks by Abel Tasman, they were back in the winner's circle at the Gold Coast where two year-old, Segenhoe bred and raised Choisir colt, Taking Aim took out the Group III Ken Russell Memorial Classic.

A maiden going into the race, the Peter and Paul Snowden trained colt emerged a winner, producing a tenacious effort in the run to the line to hold off Dissolution (Snitzel) and the fast finishing Lord Cecil (Animal Kingdom (USA) in a thrilling finish to the 1200 metre dash.

Taking Aim had placed at his first three starts in good company before finishing down the track in the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes and this was his first run since then.

A $520,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Segenhoe Stud draft for China Horse Club/ WinStar Farm, Taking Aim runs for a powerful syndicate that also includes Newgate Farm, Aquis Farm and Horse Ventures.

Bred by Segenhoe, he is the best of two winners from stakes-winning Hussonet (USA) mare Girl Hussler, a grand-daughter of former brilliant sprinting filly Clever Zoe.

Segenhoe sold the current yearling from Girl Hussler, a filly by Exceed and Excel, for $500,000 at Inglis Easter earlier this year to Jadeskye Racing/Top Ten Syndicate/Gerald Ryan.

Girl Hussler has a colt to follow by Exceed and Excel and was covered last year by Fastnet Rock.

Taking Aim becomes the 80th stakes-winner for Coolmore stalwart Choisir, who stands this spring at a fee of $29,700.

Source: Breednet