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Star Witness Winner Impresses
By Tara Madgwick Posted September 27, 2017

The first foal of former brilliant Sydney sprinter Ladys Angel broke her maiden in impressive fashion at Flemington on Wednesday.

A three year-old filly by Star Witness, the Robert Smerdon trained Divine Messenger was narrowly beaten at her first run back from a spell at Mornington earlier this month.

She stripped fitter this time around and powered to the line to win the 1000 metre sprint for fillies by a length and a half with Black Caviar’s first born Oscietra trailing home in ninth place.

“She changed stride a few times coming up the straight, but did a super job,” said winning rider Ethan Brown.

“Going forward from here she’s a really nice horse.”

An $80,000 Magic Millions purchase for Ricky Surace’s B2B Bloodstock from the draft of Widden Stud, Divine Messenger is a dashing chestnut like her mum and dad and shows plenty of their ability as well.

She is the first foal of brilliant Group I placed stakes-winner Ladys Angel, who comes from the flying family of Mother Duck.

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