Redcar - William Hill Two Year Old Trophy (Class 1)
Another, potentially high-class privately purchased recruit, here, from the Robson Aguiar Bloodstock academy. The sole 2yo race, this side of The English Channel has already gone the way of the Aguiar Bloodstock prepped BUCANERO FUERTE. We’re led to believe a further Robson prepped horse VALADERO, is expected to run a big race in the Brocklesby Stakes; looking to emulate last season’s Persian Force.
Alice Haynes and Kieran O'Neill were recently over in Ireland riding and trialling a good number of 2yo’s, being prepped for the upcoming Breeze Up sales. This filly was their nap of the dozens of horses that were available, and they agreed to source an owner for her, for Alice to train, from her Newmarket base, situated at the foot of the iconic Warren Hill gallops. We’ve been lucky enough to be the owner to jump on board, with Alice first offering her to us around a week or so ago. In speaking with Alice, Kieran and Robson himself, we’re led to believe that this sharp and precocious filly has any number of attributes, most notably though, a very high level of ability, that we should be able to access now and throughout this season and beyond.
Here's Alice talking about her:
She’s being likened by Robson and indeed Alice to last season’s Lady Bullet who is a dual winner (including her first two starts of last season), who then finished 6th of 16 in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and has been twice placed in Black Type company, subsequently, including first time out as a 3yo, recently, in France. Lady Bullet is rated 95 and looks set for another excellent season in 2023 listed and Group races.
She possesses a most fabulous pedigree being a half-sister to two winners, including a Black Type performer. Her dam’s proven and her sire, Tally Ho’s newest stallion, INNS OF COURT currently sits joint favourite to be the leading first season sire. She’s beautifully bred.
Our filly is a tad more expensive than the 48,000gns that Alice paid for Lady Bullet, which could indeed translate, that she may even usurp the former’s 95 rating. Another Lady Hollywood maybe?
Other attributes we can hail in our filly’s direction, are that’s she’s a very good size, she’s not just here and now, furthermore, she’s strong and tough looking, she has a great mind and attitude, and goes about her business in a no-nonsense manner, ever since she arrived in the yard last weekend. She’s a great physical, beautifully put together, a real oil painting of a horse and she moves like a dream. She’s got such a fabulous, raking stride; that’s even evidenced in her slower and medium speed paces.
She’s due to do a piece of work this coming Tuesday morning, and, according to Alice, liaising with Robson and Kieran, that piece should put her straight and ready to go. She qualifies for Band C & D grouped races initially based on her yearling purchase price, since when, she’s done nothing but thrive and impress - there are plenty who don’t!
The plan is, hopefully, to pick up a small race or two to begin with, in the next month or so and step up in grade, gradually, thereafter. Black type races, we hope, will beckon, and that’s precisely why we’ve agreed to add her to our 2yo roster.
We think she represents outstanding value at this stage. Of the half dozen or so, Pre Breeze-Up potential purchases that were available to us, she represented, head and shoulders, the best fit and value opportunity of them all.
*Pedigree update: Her half-brother, Seeingisbelieving won in Ireland, in March.
Training Update (6th April): She worked on the Al Bahathri this morning with two others (video below). The others are from Alice’s forward bunch and have (a) been away to Chelmsford and (b) have been up the Al Bahathri before. We’ve experienced neither. Alice was pleased with today, saying: "Ziggy's Dream did her first piece of work this morning up the Al Bahathri gallop. Ridden by Thore Hammer Hansen, she worked in the middle of two forward two-year-olds and was a little behind the bridle early on but came good late on and actually did the work pretty easily in the end. She finished off well and was moving well throughout, displaying a very professional attitude. It was a very pleasing piece of work, all told.”
First piece of work (centre):