Just a few weeks after announcing that Gr.1 BTC Cup winner Duporth was to relocate and stand at Aquis Canungra, the son of Red Ransom has been represented by Gr.3 Sha Tin Vase (1200m) winner Thanks Forever.
An extremely consistent son of his sire, the John Moore-trained Thanks Forever has finished in the top four on 13 occasions from his 16 Hong Kong starts and before Sunday’s Gr.3 victory had previously recorded four wins and was also twice placed at Gr.1 level highlighted by his close third behind Mr Stunning and Big Time Baby in April’s Gr.1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m).
“He really has deserved that,” Moore said. “He’s been a model of consistency without winning one of the black type races.
“Purton got off the fence quickly, he got himself into one out, one back, and he was very aware – even before the race – that he’d have to pay attention to the pace set by Moreira on Hot King Prawn. We knew if we gave him too much start we wouldn’t pick him up.
“He was able to pick him up and he was strong through line. At the 300 (metres) I wasn’t so sure but when Zac got into him and he got him into gear I thought he was strong.”
As the only Gr.1-winning sprinting son of Red Ransom to stand in Queensland, the Joint Top Australian 3YO in the Sprint Classification, Duporth’s appeal is extremely wide spread with winners in eight different countries including 13 winners from his 14 runners in Hong Kong.
The sire of seven stakes winners led by Tony McEvoy’s Gr.1 Australian Guineas, Manikato Stakes and the Winterbottom Stakes winner Hey Doc, Duporth stands at an extremely attractive fee of $4,400 (inc. GST).
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