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DBS Breeze-up topper
off the mark at Redcar

RED Duke, thisyear's £140,000 DBS Breeze-up sale-topper, confirmed the favourable impression he made on his recent debut when running out a cosy winner of the 7f maiden at Redcar for trainer John Quinn on Saturday.

In the process he became the fourth winner for Darley's Hard Spun, who stands at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for $30,000. The son of Danzig was one of the toughest runners of his generation, winning theGrade 1 King's Bishop Stakes and running placed in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic.

Red Duke was produced when his sire stood for $50,000 although he didn't provide his breeders Ben Walden and Hargus Sexton with a very good return - he sold for just $15,000 to Cara Bloodstock at the Keeneland September Sale. However, was a very different story seven months later when he commanded a £140,000 bid from Sean Quinn.

A half-brother to the Listed-placed The West's Awake, Red Duke is the fourth winner out of Saudia, who was sent off favourite for the 2001 Fred Darling Stakes for Paul Cole off the back of a debut win at Pontefract. By Gone West, she is out of Prince Fahd Salman's Yorkshire Oaks heroine Bint Pasha.




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