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Henny Hughes: the freshman has a first winner in Australia

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Henny Hughes off the mark in Australia

DARLEY freshman Henny Hughes sired his initial Australian winner in Launceston on Wednesday night.

Two-year-old gelding Bertie's Bells scored a second-up victory in the Country Club Tasmania 2YO Handicap over 5½f. He defeated stablemate Modo Vinco (Elusive Quality) by a half-head after a thrilling duel for the length of the straight.

Brighton trainer Gary White races the first two home in partnership with his good mate Ron Gudden.

"We bought both of them as weanlings, raised them, got them broken in and here they are powering home together," White said. "There was hardly a breath between them on the line - it's absolutely amazing."

Bertie's Bells was a A$10,000 buy as a foal from the Burnewang North draft at the 2010 Inglis Great Southern Sale at Oaklands. Out of the Kenny's Best Pal mare Jamelden, he is from a Brisbane-winning half-sister to Group 1 South Australian Derby winner Testafiable (Testa Rossa).

"He's big and bulky - more like a colt," White added. "And there's plenty of scope for him to keep improving."

Henny Hughes is the sire of nine stakes horses from his first two crops of runners in the northern hemisphere, including three-year-olds such as the Grade 3 winner Henny Hound and stakes-winners Fort Hughes and Midnight Visit.

His two-year-old crop include Grade 3 winner She Digs Me and stakes horses My Due Process, Swift Artist and Play Eighteen.

Currently standing the southern-hemisphere breeding season at Darley Kelvinside at a fee of A$16,500, Henny Hughes has eight yearlings entered for the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions including a half-brother to Group 1 winner Streama.





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