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9yo Danleigh Back to Best

Despite being winless in the past 18 months and the oldest runner in a quality field, Danleigh has put on an impressive display to take out the Group Two Chelmsford Stakes at Warwick Farm.

Trainer Chris Waller was full of praise for the veteran gelding, who has now won nearly $2.5 million in career prizemoney.

"He has been with me a long time," Waller said.

"He is one of those horses that is very special to the stable and is going so well now that he can breathe properly".

Danleigh recently had a throat operation and the surgery along with frequent trips to the beach has definitely given him a renewed vitality.

Ridden by Hugh Bowman, he tucked in just behind the speed before driving through strongly in the straight and holding off favourite Secret Admirer. Lamasery was two lengths further back in third place.

Trainer Grahame Begg was very pleased with the run of Secret Admirer and will assess her schedule over the next few days.

"I was delighted with her run," he said.

"She's racing like a horse that wants a mile-and-a-quarter (2000m) or mile-and-a-half now."

It is likely she will go to Melbourne for the Underwood Stakes but may stay in Sydney for the George Main which is on the same day.

Lamasery is looking good for the staying races including the Metropolitan and Caulfield Cup, both over a mile and a half.