1986 Gr1 Garden Province - ECURIE - lead in

Millard's run of big race victories continued when a refreshed Ecurie came out for Greyville's Gr1 Garden Province Stakes, a weight-for-age event for fillies and mares which the stable had won each year since 1983.

Ecurie looked a little jaded when only able to finish fifth in the Gr1 SA Fillies Guineas some six weeks earlier, where she’d been odds-on favourite. Possibly because of that showing and the presence of first, second and fourth in the Guineas, Ecurie was easy to back at 11/10.

Transvaal filly Kamadeva went out to make the early running from Ecurie's stable-mate Gran Corredora, with the favourite hard against the bit in third place.

1986 Gr1 Garden Province - ECURIE - canter down3

There didn't appear to be any great pace racing down the side, the tempo only really quickening when Coetzee slipped Ecurie through coming off the false rail and set sail for the line. Guineas winner Eileen Alanna threw out a strong challenge in the straight but Ecurie was always going too well to post a length victory in a race record breaking 1:35,40 - a time a little difficult to comprehend considering the apparent lack of pace early. Velozia, racing over a distance possibly short of her best, came through late to run Gran Corredora out of third money.

1986 Gr1 Garden Province Stakes

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