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Man Of His Word Wins Listed Brisbane Handicap
At Doomben in Brisbane, French 2000 Guineas & French Derby winning shuttler Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Man Of His Word (Lope de Vega-Mandalina, by Fasliyev) stormed home to score by 1.8 lengths for trainer Bruce Hill in the $100,000 Listed Brisbane Handicap (1600m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO gelding Cylinder Beach (Showcasing-Queen's Colours, by Rainbow Quest) & 4YO mare Sweet Redemption (Snitzel-Redeeming Lass, by Red Ransom). This was the first stakes victory for the progressive Man Of His Word who improved his record to 6 wins and 3 placings from 18 starts for $255,000 earnings. A $10,000 purchase by his trainer Bruce Hill at the 2014 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, Man Of His Word hails form the family of multiple Gr2 winner and Gr1 placegetter Natural Blitz and champion US racehorse and successful sire Damascus. Man Of His Word will have one more start in the Listed Bernborough Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm on New Year's Day before heading for a break. "He'll run in the Bernborough next then go for a holiday and maybe come back for the winter carnival," trainer Bruce Hill said.