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First 2016 Stakes-Winner for Giant’s Causeway

Champion sire Giant’s Causeway posted his first stakes-winner of 2016 when unbeaten filly Lira (3f Giant’s Causeway x Lerici, by Woodman) extended her winning sequence to three on the trot with a victory in the $100,000 Ginger Brew Stakes at Gulfstream. The Todd Pletcher trained filly was a hot favourite and had to contend with a chequered passage down the running, but still proved too good in scoring by half a length in the seven and a half furlong contest on turf. A $170,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase, Lira runs for the Mathis Stable and is a half-sister to stakes-winner Avenge from Lerici.