Glory days for Helike

Armidale Stud stallion Helike (USA) sired his first winner on Sunday when Sudden Glory saluted at Devonport.

Trained by John Keys at Wesley Vale, the colt had been narrowly defeated on debut at Elwick on October 2.  He kept progressing to defeat Star Thoroughbreds filly Ambassadora (Rock Of Gibraltor) by more than a length in the Stephen Maskiell Plate (900m).

Sudden Glory (3c Helike- Skyworth by Hurricane Sky) was bred by Roger and Lyn Reid of Saundridge Park and they sold him for $8,000 at the 2010 Tasmanian Magic Millions.

Keys also bought Champion Tasmanian 2YO Triple Asset out of the Armidale draft at the 2010 Magic Millions.  She won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in Launceston and added black-type victories at Flemington and Morphettville.

Sudden Glory is a younger half-brother to Sale winner Spinski (Spinning World).  Their dam Skyworth won races at Cranbourne, Geelong and Pakenham for trainer Cindy Alderson.  

Second dam Pallid (Marauding) was a Newhaven Park homebred who won races at Randwick and Canterbury as well as earning black-type in the LR Keith Mackay Hcp at Randwick.

Helike won twice at Saint-Cloud and is by Rahy out of a G1 winning half-sister to champion sire Kingmambo (Mr Prospector).

Helike first starter Peron Dunes was placed later in the day at Devonport behind Visual Effects (Man Of Illusion).

The Adam Trinder trained gelding was the 5th placegetter from 7 to race for Helike who stands for a $2,200 (inc gst) service fee at Armidale.