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It was a welcomed result for punters as the Weir gelding was heavily backed into the red, jumping at $1.90 in from a morning price of $2.05.

\n\n

It was almost one-way traffic in the betting as all other runners either drifter or just about held their opening quote. Including Cool Chap ($4.80-$5.50) who finished second and Shikarpour ($7.50-$8.50) disappointing in 6th.

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Despite the betting and end result, it wasn’t all easy watching for punters as the Duke settled down two wide mid-field (6-7L off the leaders) for Ben Allen (claiming 2kg) on the back of a solid pace set by Use the Lot and fellow import Carlo Bugatti.

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This tempo set it right up for the hard fit swoopers (65.75s for the first 1040m). Allen was at work a way from home and let Cool Chap stride up around his outside, reaching for the persuader about 400m out.

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The gelding responded well once Allen got to the outside of Cool Chap and went away over the final 50m, getting the job done by a length on the line.

\n

Of the beaten brigade, Post D’france at huge odds ($81) holding on for 4th with the blinkers on for the first time was a brilliant run. This came after settling mid-field (5L off the speed) 3-wide with no cover and making a move a long way out to eventually take up the running at the 400m mark. One to follow.

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The stewards’ report revealed Big Duke clipped heels with Shikarpour in shifting out for a run at the 300m mark, further adding to the impressive nature of his win.

\n

Though this race was only an $80,000 BM78 the ability of this son of Raven’s Pass to quicken in traffic bodes well for any larger races D.K. Weir may aim at.

\n

A post-race interview with Weir revealed that Big Duke would be heading down to Hobart for the Cup on February 5th:

\n

“Today was to see whether we go to the Hobart Cup or not, and I reckon he deserves his trip over there”

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“So that will be his next run”.

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And if he takes this form across the Tasman, I think he’ll be very hard to hold out.

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Randwick Gallops | Racing Review from Saturday 21-1-17

Who should we follow or avoid from Randwick on Saturday.

Oddschecker
 | 
Tue, 24 Jan, 10:38 AM

RANDWICK Saturday 21-1-17 Review: BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS FOR DUKE

The Schweppes Sparkling Handicap over 2040m at Moonee Valley on Saturday again confirmed the astute eyes of the Australian Bloodstock team. As Big Duke came away with his second win on the trot since arriving in the country late last year.

It was a welcomed result for punters as the Weir gelding was heavily backed into the red, jumping at $1.90 in from a morning price of $2.05.

It was almost one-way traffic in the betting as all other runners either drifter or just about held their opening quote. Including Cool Chap ($4.80-$5.50) who finished second and Shikarpour ($7.50-$8.50) disappointing in 6th.

Despite the betting and end result, it wasn’t all easy watching for punters as the Duke settled down two wide mid-field (6-7L off the leaders) for Ben Allen (claiming 2kg) on the back of a solid pace set by Use the Lot and fellow import Carlo Bugatti.

This tempo set it right up for the hard fit swoopers (65.75s for the first 1040m). Allen was at work a way from home and let Cool Chap stride up around his outside, reaching for the persuader about 400m out.

The gelding responded well once Allen got to the outside of Cool Chap and went away over the final 50m, getting the job done by a length on the line.

Of the beaten brigade, Post D’france at huge odds ($81) holding on for 4th with the blinkers on for the first time was a brilliant run. This came after settling mid-field (5L off the speed) 3-wide with no cover and making a move a long way out to eventually take up the running at the 400m mark. One to follow.

The stewards’ report revealed Big Duke clipped heels with Shikarpour in shifting out for a run at the 300m mark, further adding to the impressive nature of his win.

Though this race was only an $80,000 BM78 the ability of this son of Raven’s Pass to quicken in traffic bodes well for any larger races D.K. Weir may aim at.

A post-race interview with Weir revealed that Big Duke would be heading down to Hobart for the Cup on February 5th:

“Today was to see whether we go to the Hobart Cup or not, and I reckon he deserves his trip over there”

“So that will be his next run”.

And if he takes this form across the Tasman, I think he’ll be very hard to hold out.

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