Entente seals second Group victory

Entente defeated Young Rascal & Fun Fact in the Colin Stephen Quality G3, his 6th win from 20 career starts. (PHOTO: Martn King/Sportpix)

He may be named for a friendly understanding between states, but Dundeel’s 5YO son Entente is a fiercely competitive performer who added a second Group victory to his record on Saturday.

His success in Saturday’s $160,000 Colin Stephen Quality 2400m G3 at Rosehill came a week after his excellent third behind Dundeel’s daughter She’s Ideel in the Kingston Town S. G3. The pair may well meet again in next Saturday’s $1 million The Metropolitan G1.

Jockey Tim Clark was quick to point out the contrast between Entente’s last two runs. “He’s very versatile. He led that ten furlong race last week and there he was running fifth in the 2400. He’s pretty push button now and it’s good to see him get another win.”

Bred by Philip Bennett & his daughter Steph Bansemer-Brown, Entente was purchased by Shaun Dwyer for $105,000 from the Bombora Downs draft at the Inglis Premier Sale. He has now earned $676,000 in a six-win, 20-start career for his Queensland owners Peter & June Dunn of Dodmark Thoroughbreds. 

Entente is the second Group performer from the only two foals left by Nextess (by Stratum), and helped his trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott to a clean sweep of every kind of stakes race on Saturday, including the Golden Rose G1 with Snitzel’s son In The Congo. 

Dundeel is the sire of 15 stakeswinners, including 5 Group 1 winners, from his first three crops and, with 25 winners & $1 million prizemoney, is currently ranked among Australia’s top 20 sires this season.

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