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Well-related horses give Walter a double


 Well-related horses give Walter a doubleTrainer Guy Walter celebrated a winning double at Canberra on Sunday with half-brothers to two champions, headlined by Hood’s victory in the Listed National Sprint.

Four hours after Walter produced Sunline’s half-brother Daline to win a 1200m maiden in the opening race, Tie The Knot’s half-brother Hood stepped out to record his first stakes victory with an all-the-way success in the National Sprint (1400m).

Walter prepared Tie The Knot to win 13 Group One races while the Trevor and Stephen McKee-trained Sunline also won 13 times at the elite level during her illustrious career which included two Cox Plates in 1999 and 2000.

Hood is only lightly-raced for a five-year-old gelding and Walter believes the best is still ahead.

“This is a pretty good horse when he gets things together,” Walter said.

“I think he’s starting to build a nice record.”

Walter said he would keep options open for Hood which would include paying up at the next stage of acceptances for the Group One Doncaster Mile.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure where we’ll go with him now,” Walter said.

“We’ll pay up on Tuesday for the Doncaster. Whether he’s up to that and whether he gets a mile is still a question, but I think there is more nice wins in store for him.”

Hood, backed from $6 to $4.80, defeated Onthelookout by 1-3/4-lengths with Alma’s Fury half a neck away in third.

Earlier, four-year-old Daline, who like Hood is by Darley stallion Shamrdal, returned from a year on the sidelines to break through for a 1-3/4-length maiden win at his sixth race start.

“He surprised me a bit today but it was a nice surprise,” Walter said.

“It was 1200 metres and I thought he might find it a bit short. It was his first start as a gelding and that’s obviously made a difference.

“He’s a brother to Sunline so he’s well bred and it’s very pleasing to see him win like that.”