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Hennessy Adds US Gr3

Tuesday, 6th March 2007

Former Coolmore shuttler Hennessy (Storm Cat-Island Kitty, by Hawaii) added a US group success when Peter Vegso's multiple graded stakes-winning home-bred 7YO entire Silver Tree (Hennessy-Blue Begum, by With Approval) returned from a 6-months spell & finished powerfully down the outside to grab victory by a neck in the US$125,000 Gr3 Appleton Handicap (8 furlongs on turf) for 4YOs & up at Gulfstream Park. Favourite Silver Tree (ridden by Edgar Prado for trainer Bill Mott) defeated front-running Steel Light (Stravinsky-Idilic Calm, by Indian Ridge) & Old Dodge (Dodge-Ojeada Fighter, by Irish Fighter). Florida-bred Silver Tree (a full brother to Gr3-winner Orchard Park) took his record to 9 wins from 29 starts (also including the Gr3 Tropical Turf Handicap, Gr3 Bernard Baruch Handicap & Listed Cherokee River Stables Turf Classic) for US$1,228,929 earnings.

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