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Haynes sets out Breeders’ Cup ambition for Lady Hollywood

Lady Hollywood could have a starring role in the United States if Alice Haynes’ ambitious plan to turn the youngster into a Breeders’ Cup contender comes to fruition.

The daughter of Havana Grey has raced exclusively at five furlongs to date and having been made to wait until her third outing to break her duck, she has now racked up three quick victories culminating in a successful Naas raid in the Marwell Stakes.

Having scooped that Listed prize, Haynes is now eyeing up Group honours and a performance that will justify an American adventure later in the year, with both ParisLongchamp and Doncaster under consideration for the Amo Racing-owned filly’s next start.

“She’s done great since Naas, if anything she’s getting even quicker,” said Haynes.

“The plan is to aim for the Prix d’Arenberg (September 1) at the beginning of September or the Flying Childers Stakes (September 9), one of those races, before most likely the Breeders’ Cup will be the ultimate goal.

“We are working back from Keeneland. It would be nice to run her, but she needs to go and at least run well, if not win a Group race beforehand, and that will be one of her targets for September.

“This is really my first full year of training, so to have a filly like that who keeps on improving is brilliant. She seems to have a great mind with it and we don’t want to burn her out before the beginning of November.

“It’s a long year and she’s had five runs. She was unlucky not to win first time, had a couple of excuses second time out and is unbeaten since. It’s not like she lacks experience and we just need to keep her going in a straight line towards the Breeders’ Cup.”

Haynes was also pleased with the performance of Remarkable Force at Goodwood last week and has the valuable Goffs UK Harry Beeby Premier Yearling Stakes during York’s Ebor meeting in mind for the Acclamation colt.

“Remarkable Force ran really well,” continued the Newmarket-based handler. “He didn’t particularly like the hill and he only really started racing from the bottom of the hill. He’ll probably go to the Goffs race at York.”

Lady Hollywood stars for Alice Haynes at Naas

Lady Hollywood made it a successful first runner in Ireland for Alice Haynes with victory in the Arqana Irish EBF Marwell Stakes at Naas.

On a hat-trick after wins in novice events at Lingfield and most recently Beverley, the Havana Grey filly moved into contention supremely well and showed a nice attitude under Rossa Ryan to keep Ger Lyons’ odds-on favourite Mauiewowie at bay by a length and a half.

“First runner in Ireland and it’s a winner,” said Newmarket-based Haynes.

“Our only concern coming here today was whether this race was a bit too soon from Beverley. But the form was franked when the horse that she beat twice (Mrs U S A) just went and won before this race (at Sandown).

“She has a great brain and is so straightforward to train. She showed a lot of speed here and it appears that she is getting quicker and quicker. We can probably set our sights a bit higher now.

“Rossa just said about sending her to America for the Breeders’ Cup, but we’ll go back to the drawing board and speak to the owner (Amo Racing and Omnihorse Racing) before making a plan.

“She’ll keep to five for the moment.”

She added: “I’ve been training since the end of February last year and we had a Listed winner last year.

“We have a lovely bunch of 38 horses in Newmarket right at the bottom of Warren Hill.”

Lyons had better luck when Pirate Jenny (13-2) sprang a minor surprise in the Yeomanstown Stud Irish EBF Stakes.

Her stablemate Sacred Bridge brought strong form to the table as the 5-4 favourite, including when beaten only two lengths by Homeless Songs on her seasonal return.

But although travelling well for Colin Keane, she could never quite get to Pirate Jenny, who made all up the rail in the hands of Gary Carroll to prevail by three-quarters of a length from Sablonne, with Sacred Bridge a head back in third.

Lyons said: “Gary said she was very tough. The last day was too soon after the Cork race. She is a filly that I need to give some time between her races.

“All my fillies it’s about black type and making them worth the value that we pay for them. That’s another job done.

“I was disappointed with Sacred. What I’ve seen at home with the blinkers she was just going to pick them up and go but Colin’s reaction was that she didn’t face the blinkers.

“She is not ungenuine but I just felt she was going through the motions and I thought the blinkers would help.”

Lyons earlier unleased a very smart prospect as Apricot Twist dazzled on debut in the Irish Stallion Farms Maiden.

The Juddmonte-owned daughter of Expert Eye was nicely away and always to the fore, before picking up and stretching well clear from two and a half furlongs out.

Strongly supported as the 11-8 favourite, the Keane-ridden youngster won with seven and a half lengths in hand over Mount Ruapehu.

Lyons said: “She’s a lovely filly and I’ve liked her from day one. We have literally given her six weeks cantering and haven’t worked her.

Happy connections with Apricot Twist
Happy connections with Apricot Twist (PA)

“She is after blossoming and I said we’d run her here and if she wins she wins, not expecting her to do that.

“I think the boys bought two Expert Eyes for the farm this year and both of them have won.

“We’ll let her progress and no doubt it will be black type. She’s not entered in any early-closing races. The rules with Juddmonte horses are they have to earn the right, but they won’t be afraid to supplement if needed.

“She’ll get a bit further, but we don’t need to do anything with the trip at the moment.”

Harrington out to continue good run

Fresh from the victory of Magical Lagoon in the Irish Oaks at the weekend, Jessica Harrington bids for more success as she saddles two in the Arqana Irish EBF Marwell Stakes at Naas on Wednesday evening.

That triumph at the Curragh handed the decorated trainer her second Classic and she now heads to another of her local tracks with a fantastic hand to play in the Listed event.

Ardad’s Great appears the stable first string and is the mount of Shane Foley. She is joined in the line-up by yard debutant Funny Money Honey, who was last seen finishing ninth in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot having been trained in France previously.

“It looks like a nice opportunity for Ardad’s Great. She was very unlucky not to get her head in front against the boys at Tipperary the last time. She’s come out of that very well and we’re hoping for a massive run,” said Harrington’s daughter and assistant, Kate.

“Funny Money Honey is a filly we don’t know a lot about. She has come from a trainer in France. This will be her first run for us and we’re hopeful she will run a big race. She’s a very nice and uncomplicated filly.”

Alice Haynes’ Lady Hollywood will be looking to play a staring role in the five-furlong contest having made the journey from the UK.

“She has gone up 9lb for that run (at Beverley), which would put her on 89 today and would put her right amongst them at the weights,” said Haynes.

“She came out of Beverley great and fingers crossed it hasn’t come too soon for her – that’s the only worry. She’s travelled over fine and took everything in her stride, she has a great constitution.”

Lady Tilbury was sent off 14-1 for the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, but was unable to land a blow finishing 10th of 14. However, she won two of her three outings before that and David Marnane is confident she can show her true colours at the Kildare track.

“She’s in good nick and we’re happy with her,” said Marnane. “We gave her a little bit of time off after Ascot and this is a nice fit for her now. She likes quick ground too, so it looks a good race.”

Hollywood performance from Haynes youngster

Lady Hollywood produced an oscar-winning performance at Beverley on Tuesday when landing the Racing TV EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes in good style for Alice Haynes.

The daughter of Havana Grey had only opened her account late last month when handing George Boughey’s Mrs U S A a four-and-a-half-length beating at Lingfield and the youngster put that rival firmly in her place again on the Westwood despite having to concede 7lb.

Away well from stall seven, the strong-travelling filly was always prominent and was clear and heading for home before the one-furlong marker as she recorded a three-length verdict over Mrs U S A in second and David O’Meara’s Hilary Needler third, Your Spirit, who was back in third once more.

“Her work at home is really good so we were slightly frustrated it took until her third start to get her head in front,” said the winning trainer.

“She was unlucky first time and then second time at Nottingham she had a couple of excuses, she got struck into and it was a very hot race.

“She has gone on from her first win and to do it as professionally as she did today, even when drawn out in lane seven, was really good, it was pretty easy work for her. She just keeps on improving and she has a great brain, which really helps.

On future targets Haynes added: “She will be in the Listed race at Naas next week, it’s over five furlongs for fillies only and then there is the St Hugh’s Stakes at Newbury in mid-August. They are the options for her if touch wood she comes out of the race OK.”

The Coral Summer Festival 2021 – Ladies’ Day – Sandown Park
Popular nine-year-old Red Verdon had to settle for a silver medal at Beverley on Tuesday afternoon (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Elsewhere on the card only a neck separated the experienced pair of Smart Champion and Red Verdon after two miles of racing in the 136th Year Of The Watt Memorial Handicap. David Simcock’s charge kept on gamely to oblige favourite backers at 9-4 and also land his first victory since February 2020.

There were six winning favourites in total with Princess Naomi (6-4), who comfortably followed up a recent Chelmsford success in the Happy Birthday Kay White Wilcox Nursery Handicap, and Michael and David Easterby’s Shimmering Sands (13-8) in the Hurn Handicap, others to prove popular with the punters on the Westwood.