Incoming Rangeview Stud sire Henny Hughes has been on fire with five two year-old winners in the last week.
Rangeview owners Robbie and Jody Gray purchased Henny Hughes to stand in Western Australia earlier this year and his juveniles have gone from strength-to-strength in both hemispheres since the sale.
“We were in the right place at the right time to buy him,” Robbie Gray said. “He’s already doing a great job at stud and is only nine years-old!”
BEHOLDER began the latest purple-patch for the Henny Hughes two year-old division with a brilliant victory at Del Mar last Sunday. Trainer Richard Mandella immediately flagged a Group 1 start for the youngster in the Debutante Stakes on September 1.
The Henny Hughes winners kept coming in North America with his juvenile fillies Our Little Hen (Portland Meadows) on Wednesday and Wisestar (Delaware) on Thursday.
OUR LITTLE HEN jumped to the front on debut but was pressured by Gone Clever before the winner responded to score by more than a length over 900m. She is trained by Jim Fergason for the Just Horsen Around Stable.
Our Little Hen is from Irish bred mare Muklah (Singspiel) who was a Listed winner of the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.
WISESTAR was just as impressive with a barrier-to-box victory over 1100 metres. She led by four lengths into the lane and was geared down by jockey Abel Castellano to prevail by a neck. Henny Hughes got her from Keeneland G2 winner Star Of Broadway (Broad Brush).
THE STAR OF GEELY maintained the strike-rate for the first Australian two year-olds by Henny Hughes when he won second time out in Macau on Saturday. He is the 8th individual winner from his first southern crop.
The Star Of Geely (2g Henny Hughes – Miss Raffin Dane by Special Dane) did best in a jostling finish over the concluding stages to defeat Wonderful Express by a head. Trainer Gary Moore bought him for $55,000 at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions QTIS Sale. His dam is a half-sister to Brisbane G2 sprinter Buck’s Pride.
Back in the USA on Sunday, Henny Hughes filly Pro Prospect starred in front of a huge crowd present for the G1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.
PRO PROSPECT (2f Henny Hughes – Julie’s Prospect by Allen’s Prospect) started an odds-on favourite after being placed on debut and she didn’t disappoint with a sizzling front-running display. After being bumped at the start, she cleared out to score by four lengths in a slick 63.75s for 1100m.
There’s more black-type on the boil for Henny Hughes at the current Saratoga summer meeting. His colt Carried Interest created a big impression winning on debut in New York on July 5 and will race next up in the G2 Saratoga Special on August 12 or the G2 Hopeful Stakes on September 3.
Henny Hughes won the Saratoga Special in 2005 and Carried Interest can emulate his old man after clocking 56.62s over 1000 metres at Belmont Park. He made all the pace and was just a tick outside the track record set by Kelly Kip back in 1996.
“Henny Hughes is siring precocious types that will suit conditions in Western Australia,” Gray explained. “They fly the gates and then find another gear when challenged.
“He’s a magnificent chestnut and is the most accomplished sprinter to ever stand in Western Australia. Plus, he’s an ideal outcross for Danehill – Danzig mares.”
Henny Hughes (Hennessy) will stand at Rangeview for a $7,700 (inc gst) fee this year.
THE STAR OF GEELY
Henny Hughes juvenile at trackwork prior to his win in Macau