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Denman gets his Group 1 feather

The long-awaited and deserved maiden Group 1 success for Hot King Prawn in the G1 Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday also provided a breakthrough for his sire Denman, who has been rewarded for his own consistency with elevated status as a Group 1-producing stallion.

Denman’s progeny had come close on several occasions to elite-level success, with Hot King Prawn placed three times in Group 1s before his latest success, while the likes of Kuro (NZ) and Denmagic had also finished inside the top three in Group 1 races in Australia.

The now Twin Hills Stud resident has produced 16 stakes winners across four countries, including the American-bred Angaston (USA), conceived in his one season shuttling to Darley in Kentucky.

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Hot King Prawn lands elusive G1 with Centenary Sprint Cup triumph

Hot King Prawn (Denman) washed away months of frustration and doubt with an emphatic performance to claim his first Group 1 title with victory in yesterday’s Centenary Sprint Cup (Gr 1, 1200m).

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Hot King Prawn Gets His Group 1

Entering Sunday’s G1 Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha Tin, the likeable Hot King Prawn (Aus) (Denman {Aus}) had won half of his 22 career starts and had been out of the top three on just four occasions. His record at Group 1 level left more to be desired, as he had been blanked from seven previous tries, but the John Size trainee righted that wrong with a convincing success Sunday.

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Yao Dash lets down impressively to win at the Gold Coast

That ability to change gears on cue and to do so with such meaning was the major contributing factor to Yao Dash being able to claim the third win of his career in the Magic Millions Rising Stars Three-Year-Old and Four-Year-Old Colts, Geldings & Entires Class 4 Plate.

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Lucky shoe for Rule The World

A horse being replated behind the gates is often the end of its chances in a race but Rule The World (Hallowed Crown) made light of that theory with his win in the Travis Stillman Handicap (1400m).

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Glory days: Hewitt laps up gelding’s success

Tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt was on hand at Caulfield to cheer his horse Evening Glory (Smart Missile) to victory in the Warren Moore Handicap (1200m).

Glory days: Hewitt laps up gelding’s success

Hewitt, a Wimbledon and dual US Open champion, part-owns Evening Glory along with fellow former Australian tennis professionals Sam Groth and Peter Luczak as well as star coach and television pundit Darren Cahill.

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2020 Breednet Favourite Foal Winner

Thankyou to everyone that voted for their favourite Breednet foal this year and a record response has produced an interesting winner owned by a legendary breeder in Sandy Tait.

2020 Favourite Foal - Frosted filly from Think Like a Fox.

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La Sante in push for autumn riches

Albury trainer Donna Scott regards four-time winner Oamanikka as her top seed for the 2021 Country Championships but all that could change if La Sante (Hallowed Crown) can stake his claim via the last race at Corowa on Monday.

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Green but good, Duke stars at Geelong

Duke Of Neworleans

Brown had partnered the Matt Laurie-trained Duke Of Neworleans in trackwork prior to his first race-day experience, where he proved a handful.

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Industry a Belieber in Digital, as Inglis cracks $50 million

Inglis Digital has concluded an astonishing year with the December Online Auction smashing the $50 million barrier for overall turnover in 2020 and recording the sixth consecutive top lot to make $200,000 or more.

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