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Sartorial Splendor beaten again

Much-hyped juvenile Sartorial Splendor suffered his second-consecutive defeat at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday, beaten by the promising Taraayef in a two-year-old handicap over 1000 metres.

Michael Dee reunited with the John Sadler-trained Sartorial Splendor after winning his maiden at Terang last month.

Sartorial Splendor ran fifth, beaten as favourite by the Dee-ridden Prince Of Sussex in the $1 million The Showdown (1200m) at Caulfield on April 27.

Sadler wished to see Sartorial Splendor, a trackwork wonder, reproduce his brilliance on race day but Dee suggested the Brazen Beau colt was his own worst enemy at his third outing.

"He's just doing it all upside down," Dee said.

"He jumped a half-length slow, which I was happy about but then he's obviously got charging and wanting to do things wrong.

"If he's going to be winning races, which he definitely will, he's still going to have to do it the right way.

"He's probably going to learn with racing what he's there to do."

Those poor racing manners from Sartorial Splendor ($2.15 favourite) presented victory to Taraayef ($3.20), who under Luke Nolen's guidance stalked Sartorial Splendor before leaving him in her wake with 200m remaining to win by two lengths.

"It was a very nice watch, she looked home a long way out," said Ben Hayes, who trains Taraayef in partnership with David Hayes and Tom Dabernig.

"Luke (Nolen) rode her a treat, came off the heels of the horse in front of her, Sartorial Splendor, and really hit the line strong. She's an exciting horse going forward."

Taraayef was bred by her owners Shadwell Stud. Sheikh Hamdan raced the dam, beautifully-bred Sultah with Lindsay Park, for three wins and two seconds from five starts, although she did not earn black type in her brief career.

Sultah's dam was Dehere mare Picholine, making her a half-sister to Stakes winners Rebel Raider, Shamoline Warrior, Cadillac Mountain and city-winning middle-distance horse Lucques.

Hayes suggested that Taraayef may attempt to gain black type race towards the end of the season, nominating the $100,000 TAB Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville on the final Saturday of the season (July 27) as a potential target.

Ladbrokes Back Yourself Handicap, photo finish picture Racing.com

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