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 Australian Racing News 
Saturday, March 11 2017

Classy filly I Am A Star has added another feature win at Flemington but was forced to work overtime to deny West Australian visitor Ellicazoom.

I Am A Star - Bruno Canatelli

The Gr.1 Myer Classic winner from last spring, I Am A Star was clearly the highest-rated filly in Saturday's Gr.2 Kewney Stakes and got home by half a head in a driving finish over the Neville Parnham-trained Ellicazoom.

I Am A Star was dropping back to fillies' grade and stepping up to 1400m on Saturday after finishing second in the Rubiton Stakes and seventh in the Group One Oakleigh Plate (1100m) against older horses this campaign.

The Shane Nichols-trained filly took her record to five wins from 12 starts but remains unbeaten from three starts at Flemington since the Myer Classic.

"To be three from three at Flemington is a big buzz and a big wrap on a very good filly," Nichols said.

He said I Am A Star ($2 fav) really had to knuckle down in the straight after trailing Ellicazoom during the race, with Ellicazoom crossing from a deeper draw to sit outside the lead.

"That was a gutsy win," Nichols said.

"Lucky she got the bob in and was able to prevail. It was a very exciting win."

The Gr.2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Mooney Valley is slated as I Am A Star's next start before a decision on whether she heads to Sydney

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