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2013 Festival Stakes result White Sage again

The John O'Shea-trained White Sage was a convincing winner in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday, stamping her authority for the autumn riches that lie ahead.

From the outside barrier, White Sage had her share of doubters but a composed ride from James McDonald ensured the pint-sized mare found the front and stayed there.

In the home straight, White Sage found another gear and kicked away from the field, comfortably holding the second favourite, Terravista, at bay.

O'Shea will now send the mare for a well-deserved break after maintaining her unbeaten status from five starts.

The Coolmore Classic is shaping as O'Shea's primary target, electing to not run in the Group II Villiers Stakes and save her for the autumn.

"It was very impressive and a great ride from James McDonald from the wide gate," O'Shea said.

"She's a stakes winner now and her main goal will be to compete in the feature races over the autumn, there are some lovely races for her.

"She's beat the boys today and she will go back to mares' grade in the Coolmore."

White Sage ($3 fav) was ridden by James McDonald and defeated the Joe Pride-trained Terravista ($5) by two lengths with Alma's Fury ($19) from the Paul Murray stable, 1-3/4 lengths away in third.

Tom Walter - www.racenet.com.au - 30th November, 2013
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