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Dear Demi's win bought a big smil e to Clary's face last night.

Dear Demi found her way back into the winner's circle with a determined performance to wear down Solicit in Friday night’s Group II WH Stocks Stakes (1600m) with the odds-on favourite Commanding Jewel beaten into third.

Jim Cassidy stalked the favourite on Dear Demi as Solicit set a steady tempo to the home turn with Commanding Jewel on her outside.

Solicit had a kick into the straight and looked to be holding Commanding Jewel but had no answer to the surge of Dear Demi, who swept home wider out to get up in the final strides.

Dear Demi ($3.90) defeated Solicit ($5) by a short half-head with Commanding Jewel ($1.70 fav.) 1 ¾-lengths further back third in the field of six.

Dear Demi's victory was her first since taking the Group III Doomben Roses as a three-year-old but Angland said she deserved the win.

"She’s tough as teak and deserved that. She’s always there or thereabouts,” Angland said.

"The boss has been feeling a bit sorry for himself so this will cheer him up. She’s headed to the Caulfield Cup again.”

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