Grey Cheval Celebrates Australia Day

Trainer Simon Miller will resist the temptation to keep Grey Cheval in work for the Perth 3YO Magic Millions on February 16.

Grey Cheval (3f Husson Lightning – Solange by Surtee) scored another smooth victory in the Celebrate Australia Day Hcp (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.  She was always in charge and extended her unbeaten run to four in a row under 1.5kg apprentice Ryan Hill.

“She had lightened off while I was away on the Gold Coast,” Miller said.  “I backed off and only gave her one gallop last week.  That’s why she raced a bit fiercely – I told Ryan to nurse her – she didn’t need a gut-buster.

“She’s still raw and only knows two speeds – fast and slow,” Miller added.  “I don’t want to thrust her into a 1400 metre race like the Magic Millions so soon.  And anyway, first prize in the Magic Millions is $58,000 and we can just about earn that for a normal Saturday win with a Westspeed bonus thrown in.

Miller intends to give her one more run in a fortnight before going for a spell.  He will engage a 3kg apprentice to keep her well within a winnable weight range.

Grey Cheval cost a mere $9,000 at the 2011 Perth Autumn Magic Millions and her connections have already banked $195,000.

Her sire Husson Lightning (Hussonet) stands at Heytesbury Stud for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee.  He currently leads the Sunspeed second-season premiership with $355,550 ahead of Danehill Express ($278,290) and Henny Hughes ($235,795).

Husson Lightning filly wins four in a row in Perth