Durendal rewarded for consistency as Darley goes one-two in Perth

Veteran son of Medaglia d’Oro snares G3 success

An extended run of Stakes placings ended for Durendal at Ascot in Perth on Saturday when the veteran sprinter scored a clever win in the G3 Colonel Reeves Stakes.

Durendal demonstrated all of the well-known durability of the stock of Medaglia d’Oro to wear down the runner up Belter, a son of Darley stallion Denman, to score by a half-length.

While Belter was preferred to make a winning return to racing in the Colonel Reeves, the gelding raced too keenly and had little to offer when the race-hardened Durendal issued his challenge.

Durendal had been almost three years out of the winning-list before his latest success, but had been a model of consistency when previousy in work, running eight successive Stakes placings.

The seven-year-old, who was already one of 117 Stakes winners for Medaglia d’Oro, is one of four Stakes winners out of the Blazing Sword mare Razor Blade and is a half-brother to the G1 winner Flamberge (Exceed And Excel).