Brando won the Prix Maurice de Gheest on 6th August at Deauville for trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Tom Eaves. He ran well on his previous outing finishing 3rd in the July Cup at Newmarket and this success was much deserved. Owners Angie Bailey and Peter Tingey were on hand to collect the prize. His targets this year will now be the Group 1 Haydock Sprint, the Prix de la Foret and Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.
Two tough fillies in Charm Appeal and Haggle both made all to win in France this weekend. Both fillies are trained by Henri Devin in Chantilly and were given confident front running rides by Alexis Badel. Charm Appeal by Canford Cliffs won the Prix Volterra (Listed Race) at Maisons Laffitte. Haggle a filly purchased by Stephen at Tattersalls December 2016 Sale won the Prix Maurice Zilber (Listed Race) at Chantilly.
Brando won the Abernant Stakes (Group 3) Sprint at Newmarket in impressive style under a confident ride from Tom Eaves. Trainer Kevin Ryan reports he will probably head to the Duke of York next. Delighted owners Angie Bailey and Peter Tingey were at Newmarket to collect their trophy from the race sponsors Connaught Access Flooring.
Penhill won the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (Grade 1) at Cheltenham, after being so consistent this season for Willie Mullins. Winning twice before in Graded company, this his is seventh win since Stephen purchased him for owner Tony Bloom at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale.
Salateen made all under an inspired ride from Phil Makin to win the Lady Wulfrana Listed Race at Wolverhampton on Saturday.
He was purchased by Stephen at the breeze up sales for Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah and has been a fun horse each season. He won only last month at the Dubai Carnival and hopefully can continue his fine run this season.
Salateen won at Meydan yesterday, battling on bravely in a tight finish. This was his second start in Dubai and he is as tough and consistent as ever.
Ashadihan won in good style at Chelmsford this week on her first race of the season, ridden by Kevin Stott. This race was a fast track qualifier for the £150,000 32Red Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships over the same distance and surface at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 14.
Penhill scored another victory in the Grade 2 Guinness Novice Hurdle at Limerick for trainer Willie Mullins and owner Tony Bloom. This was following on from his Grade 3 victory at Tipperary in October. He continues the upward curve and this is his 5th win over hurdles.
A busy few days for Stephen Hillen purchases in Group races, with all running close and a little frustrating not to get into the number 1 spot.
Scottish ran a very good race in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup in Australia, finishing second. Brando followed up his Ayr Gold Cup win with a very solid performance to finish 3rd in the Group 1 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot. He is something to look forward to in top sprint races next season. Finally Banzari produced a brilliant effort after traveling out to Woodbine from France for the Group 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes, finishing 3rd for trainer Henri Devin who has done such a brilliant job with training her this season.