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  • Writer's pictureCrawford Racing


Trainer Brett Crawford enjoyed a quickfire double at Kenilworth on Saturday, with his charges Maningi Indaba and Water Spirit winning the fifth and sixth races respectively.

While Maningi Indaba (Aus) was booted home by Anton Marcus, her stable mate received a canny front running ride from Corne Orffer to pick up her second win from just seven outings.

A daughter of former Crawford stable star Jackson, four-year-old Water Spirit was let go a 13-2 shot for Saturday’s Here Come’s The Sun FM 100 handicap but belied her easy to back odds with a strong and convincing victory.

Sent to the front by Orffer, Water Spirit kept galloping gamely out in front, and stayed on strongly to account for the Australia sired favourite Sleeping Single by 1.75, with promising three-year-old Laurentina a further head back in third. The winner claimed Saturday’s victory in a time of 99.59

A member of her triple G1 winning sire’s first crop, the Ridgemont Highlands bred and owned Water Spirit is out of two time winning Western Winter mare Undine –a half-sister to ill-fated G1 SA Classic winner Divine Jury and to smart sprinter, and sire, Divine Jet. Water Spirit is also a very close relative of promising Crawford trained Dynasty filly Kelpie, a winner of her last three races.


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