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South African success for Aussie-bred colt

Australian-bred Soqrat (Epaulette) claimed his second Group 1 of his career, winning the Cape Guineas at Kenilworth in South Africa.

Foaled and raised at Yarraman Park and bred and raced by Shadwell, Soqrat was the champion South African colt of his 2-year-old season and has backed that up with a win in a Saturday's Group 1 feature for Mike De Kock, scoring a length and a quarter win in the 1600m race.

By second season sire Epaulette, Soqrat is a half-brother to recent impressive Warwick farm trial winner Hafaawa (Redoute's Choice), who is prepared by Lindsay Park.

Dam Elzeeza (Hussonet {USA}), the winner of two of her eight starts, has produced the winner Akhlaaq (Hard Spin {USA}) and is from the family of Lucky Bubbles, Gunnison, Colorado Claire, Selenium and Moonovermanhattan.

Native Soldier on track for Magic Millions

Trainer Darren Weir was delighted with the performance of Native Soldier (Sepoy) when fourth first-up at Flemington on Saturday and feels the gelding is in great shape heading towards the $2m Magic Millions Guineas.

Native Soldier, a dual Group winner in the spring, was returning off a short break and Weir said he would be given one more run in Melbourne before his major summer target at the Gold Coast.

“I reckon it was really good because he hadn’t had a lot of work,” Weir said on RSN's Correct Weight.

“He went to the paddock and we were going to focus on the autumn but we changed plans and thought that the Magic Millions might be a better option for him."

“I reckon he had the perfect ‘come on’ day and that will bring him on nicely."

“He’ll have another run on Boxing Day and then he’ll head up to the Magic Millions.”

Weir's Magic Millions hand was strengthened significantly when 2-year-old Yes Yes Yes (Rubick) won well on Saturday to become the first winner for young Coolmore sire Rubick.

RQ increases product fees

Racing Queensland will increase race fields fees for bookmakers from February.

RQ announced the increase of a quarter of a per cent increase on the existing race field fees and will take effect from February 1.

"The modest increase will be followed by a broad review of Queensland's RFF model which will consider the evolving wagering landscape across Australia. That review will be completed before July 1," the statement read.

"Racing Queensland needs to be more commercial to support our vast industry across all codes and we have many other critical sustainability priorities which require funding in addition to the recent prize money increases."

Maher calls for Regumate consistency

Ciaron Maher has used the return to form of his mare Aloisia (Azamour {Ire}) to call for a consistent approach to the use of Regumate across different Australian jurisdictions.

Aloisia, the winner of the G1 Thousand Guineas last year, had been out of form for some time before storming home to run second in the G2 Villers S. at Randwick on Saturday.

Posting on Twitter, Maher said the impasse over Regumate, which has seen New South Wales and Victoria have different regulations surrounding the use of the drug, needed to be resolved.

Maher, who trains in partnership with David Eustace, has had an increasing presence in Sydney in recent months and said Aloisia would remain in Sydney to race while Regumate was effectively banned in Victoria.

Wellington Cup still the goal for Duplicity

Ashley Meadows will maintain a path towards the G3 Wellington Cup with star stayer Duplicity (NZ) (Duporth) after his win in the Rich Hill Stud Manawatu Cup Prelude (2000m) on Saturday.

But the 6-year-old won’t go to the G3 Manawatu Cup (2200m) this weekend and will instead go to the Marton Cup in early January.

“He’s quite an exciting prospect who seems to come right at this time of the year,” Meadows said. “He held his form nicely during his summer campaign last year and has matured further this prep."

“He holds a nomination for the Wellington Cup and that has been our aim all along."

“He enjoys the big roomy tracks so Trentham suits and as long as I can get him into the Cup with a good weight, I think he can be very competitive."

“That means we will most likely miss the Manawatu Cup this weekend and go for the Marton Cup in early January instead."

“The Marton Cup is penalty free, so if we could win that it would be perfect as the lead-in to Trentham, especially if some of the higher-rated horses ahead of us in the Cup nominations drop out of contention.”