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Vinery stallion Red Ransom took his Australian Gr.1 tally to five – including three in the past two months – when the valuable colt Duporth took the Gr.1 BTC Cup (SWFA 1200m) at Doomben, Australia on Saturday.
The European Bloodstock News reports that despite already having an outstanding reputation coming into this season, the 21-year-old stallion Red Ransom, who covered 122 mares in Australia last spring, has gone to another level in recent times and is headed for his best ever finish on the Australian Sires General list. His seasonal earnings now top A$5 million, putting him in the top seven stallions this term.
Duporth follows Typhoon Tracy and Onemorenomore as Gr.1 winners for the stallion in recent weeks, joining his previous Australian Gr.1 winners Charge Forward and Red Dazzler. Bred by Peter and Wendy Moran, Duporth was one of the horses to get Red Ransom off to a flyer this season, when taking the Gr.2 Golden Rose last August.
In winning the BTC Cup, Duporth emulated his dam Staging, who won the race 10 years ago when it was run at Gr.2 level. Staging never won a Gr.1 race herself but she is now on the verge of being a triple Gr.1 producer. Duporth joins the Danewin stallion Excites (who stands alongside Red Ransom at Vinery) as a Gr.1 winner for Staging, while her Redoute’s Choice son Tickets was a dual Gr.1 runnerup in the AJC Sires and Champagne Stakes last month.
Staging produced a Danewin full-brother to Excites last season and then went back to Red Ransom to duplicate the Duporth mating. Like his dam, Duporth has now earned in excess of A$1 million on the racetrack.