Crucial made a welcome return to the winner’s circle in the Newmarket Insurance / TBV Hcp (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

Her last victory had been in the G3 Schweppes Stakes at Morphettville in April 2012 but the Darley mare started an odds-on favourite in the Benchmark 90 event. Class prevailed when she shouldered top-weight to a three-quarter length victory over NZ bred mare St Izzie (Pentire).

Crucial (5m Nadeem – Dawn Attack by Fantastic Light) is trained by Anthony Freedman for Sheikh Mohammed and her share of Friday’s $50,000 prizemoney boosted her bank balance to $213,200. She is from a half-sister to Victorian based stallion Desert King who found fame as the sire of Melbourne Cup legend Makybe Diva.

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and Newmarket Insurance combined to sponsor the race for fillies and mares at Moonee Valley’s penultimate night meeting of the season.

Newmarket Insurance offers a wide range of Bloodstock Services and the types of insurance covers available include; Mortality, Stallion Congenital Infertility, Stallion Loss of Use, Stallion Loss of Income, Prospective Foal and Transit.

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