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Hector Crouch delighted to register Group race first with Streamline

Sat 7 Sep 2019

Hector Crouch was all smiles after celebrating the first Pattern race victory of his career aboard Streamline in the Sun Racing Sirenia Stakes.

The Clive Cox-trained son of Due Diligence returned to winning ways, having lost his unbeaten record at York last time out, when taking both a step up in class and trip in his stride in the Group Three contest.

Showing a smart turn of foot when asked for his maximum effort, the 9-2 shot picked up well late on in the six-furlong contest to reel in Huraiz before holding the running-on Oh Purple Reign by a length.

Crouch said: “It is my first Group winner, but it is great to get his head back in front. I’m pleased personally and I’m pleased for the owners, and I’m delighted for Clive and the team at home.

“He was outpaced over five at Listed level last time and finished really strongly. He has been a little bit keen at home and it was just a case of him relaxing, which he did beautifully today.

“He has got a really nice turn of foot over six. I think he is one that will keep progressing.

“He loves quick ground and he is one to look forward to. I don’t know where the boss will send him next, but I think he would have to take another step up.”

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