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THE LATEST INSTALMENT

(Instalment pictured above racing away to victory number two from three career starts)

Saturday at Flemington saw another exhibition of the offspring of Elvstroem in the form of Instalment who won the Elms Handicap over 1400m. Prepared by Mark Kavanagh and ridden by Stephen Baster, the 3YO son of Elvstroem was only having his third career start, but under the guidance of Baster was able to comfortably defeat his combatants by half a length.

In his brief career to date Instalment has shown considerable ability. Indicitive of this on Saturday was the fact that Instalment ran the 1400m in 1-22.37, quicker than the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes Winner in At The Heads, 1-22.75. Not only this but further glowing words from Baster indicate that bigger and better things can be expected from Instalment in the future.

"It's not easy from out there and everybody looked at each other early. Nobody could make up their minds so I have him a dig in the ribs and he got to the front and he relaxed well even though that wasn't the plan. I was happy to be there as I always knew he was going to be hard to get past. I said to Kav last night I really like the horse, he's very relaxed and I think he'll get further." Baster said.

For those pedigree enthusiasts Instalment's win once again highlighted the wonderful Danehill x Zabeel cross, with Instalment's mother, Brightcut being an Octagonal half sister to 2006 Magic Millions 2YO Winner, Mirror Mirror. It was only a couple of hours later when Mirror Mirror's first foal, No Looking Back was first past the past in the 2012 Magic Millions, however she was unfortunately relegated to second after losing a protest from the connections of Driefontein.

So close yet so far to what would have been some significant pedigree upside.

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