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Awesome Rock wins the Gr 1 Emirates Stakes

Awesome Rock has made up for losing the Australian Cup on protest with a tenacious win in the $2 million Emirates Stakes at Flemington.

Sent out an $18 chance in the weight-for-age race, Awesome Rock ran to the front at the 300m and then staved off the placegetters for the fourth and most important win in a 25-start career.

Hauraki and Seaburge dead-heated for second.

“He has been a great horse to me and losing the Australian Cup was hard,” jockey Stephen Baster said.

“He deserved to win a Group One.”

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