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03 Oct 2019 Sophar Sogood Wins at Southwell SOPHAR SOGOOD wins his first race at the fourth attempt at…

Sir Duke

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The story of Dukey began at the yearling sales in October 2005, when Colin Harris decided that he had to have "A Danehill". As this was his last crop to come on the market and with Danehill being the top sire forever, this was not going to be an easy exercise without very long pockets! Paul dutifully looked all through the offerings at Tattersalls and got it down to a shortlist. One of the horses Paul liked, Colin did not get there in time to see and they bid on some very high priced ones and then along came this gawky bay colt out of a Sadler's Wells mare. They duly bought him for 55,000 guineas and the consensus of opinion was that if he ever grew into his head, he would be a nice horse! Very quickly named SIR DUKE by Colin after the Stevie Wonder song, he proved a real boy to break in and ride and his faithful lad Kipper Stead, who is one of the best riders in Newmarket, was frequently dumped on the Heath. This was something he never really grew out of! Dukey had one run as a two year old at Newmarket when he spent the entire time shouting at the others and came in a very long last! After this, it was decided that he must become a gelding to which Colin reluctantly agreed, seeing his 2008 Derby entry go out of the window. Dukey ran as a three year old, winning two and being placed several times, but he really came into his own this year. He spent time in the winter with Tik Saunders in Northamptonshire, turned out in the field and came back much more the finished article. He won on his first outing at the inaugural Great Leighs meeting, followed by four more wins and two seconds and one third, all his runs this year.

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