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Fillies’ epic clash

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Star filly Libertini will step out at Randwick on Saturday in a highly anticipated three-year-old fillies race.

The Gerry Harvey-owned sprinter will take on a trio of Godolphin group 1 winners – Flit (Thousand Guineas), Kiamichi (Golden Slipper) and Lyre (Blue Diamond) – in the group 2 1200-metre TAB Light Fingers Stakes.

Libertini boasts four wins and three placings from seven career starts, having last finished third to Exceedance and Bivouac in the group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington in November.

Promising two-year-old Dame Giselle will also resume at Randwick en route to the Golden Slipper.

MRC gives back

Melbourne Racing Club will donate $81,000 to support communities devastated by the recent bushfire crisis, after a month of fundraising activities across its racecourses and clubs.

“The initiatives and activities the club put in place received great involvement from our members and patrons whereby the contributions that were made amassed an impressive donation,” club chairman Peter Le Grand said.

“The Australia Day weekend races proved a fantastic opportunity for the racing industry to come together and show their support for the victims and volunteers who bravely fought and continue to fight the fires.”

Scale leans to sprints

Scales Of Justice has been ruled out of an All-Star Mile tilt, with trainer Lindsey Smith instead keen to keep the group 1 winner to the sprint trip.

“Scales Of Justice will not be progressing to the All-Star Mile,” Smith tweeted this week.

“Instead we will freshen him up and bring him back for the group 1 1200-metre William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley Friday, March 20.”

Scales Of Justice won the group 2 Australia Stakes first up before fading in the group 1 1400-metre Orr Stakes behind winner Alabama Express.

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