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Phoenix/McPeek partnership off to a “beautiful” start.

Phoenix/McPeek partnership off to a “beautiful” start.

The first Kenny McPeek horse to carry the Phoenix Thoroughbreds silks was a winner as Crazy Beautiful claimed victory at Ellis Park on Sunday, June 5.

The grey daughter of Lane’s End’s Liam’s Map created a favourable impression as she landed the one-mile turf MSW by three and a half lengths. Jockey Julien Leparoux always had the Phoenix Thoroughbreds owned filly prominent off what looked like a moderate pace. Still sharing fourth at the top of the turn for home the pair made an eye-catching move, passing runners to hit the front entering the stretch. With nothing but daylight ahead of her, Crazy Beautiful extended her advantage.

Crazy Beautiful won on debut at Ellis Park; a first Phoenix Thoroughbreds trained runner for Kenny McPeek.

The juvenile filly might be the first Phoenix Thoroughbreds runner to hit the track for McPeek, but she won’t be the last. The trainer will be taking delivery of a two-year-old Speightster filly in the next few weeks while he also trains a Mizzen Mast colt for the Phoenix Ladies Syndicate.

Moreover, the victory of Crazy Beautiful not only completed a Transatlantic double for Pheonix, with Deja earlier claiming the Old Newton Cup at Haydock, but topped a golden international weekend. Sense Of Honour took her record to two wins from three starts in Australia while Back To Brussels finish a close runner-up in a Listed event in Ireland.