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Red Duke - Newmarket 09/07/2011

Red Duke: his sire, Hard Spun, has sired his first winner in Australia

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Darley's Hard Spun off the mark in Australia

DARLEY'S Hard Spun opened his Australian account in style on Wednesday when Textiles and Vicario led home a one-two for the sire over 5f at Sandown in Australia.

Trained by Anthony Freedman, first-time starter Textiles held fourth early on as his paternal half-sister, Vicario, cut out the running. As the field headed for home, the gelding quickened to catch the leader and record a three-quarter length victory.

Bred by Darley, Textiles is out of the Group 3-placed Alberghetti, by Carnegie, and from the family of champion South African filly Hoeberg.

His victory means that Hard Spun, who won the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes and ran second in the Kentucky Derby, is the sire of winners on three continents. The son of Danzig is one of America's leading second-crop sires with seven stakes winners to credit, ranging from dirt performers suchas Midnight Transfer and Sweet Seventeen to last season's Superlative Stakes winner Red Duke.

Hard Spun is standing the northern hemisphere season at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for $40,000.




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