Henny Hughes stars in Florida

Rangeview Stud shuttler Henny Hughes starred at this week’s Ocala 2YO Sale in Florida.

There were 7 lots by Henny Hughes that changed hands and they averaged $125,300 over the four sessions until Thursday.  Topping the list was a $310,000 chestnut colt purchased by Danny Dion’s Bear Stable.

Dion purchased Fatal Bullet at the 2007 Ocala Sale and that horse was named Canada’s 2008 Horse of the Year.

The top-priced Henny Hughes is a $55,000 graduate of the 2012 Keeneland September yearling and he looked the part when drilling 200 metres in 10.20 seconds.  His dam Impart (Maria’s Mon) is a half-sister to G3 winner Wiseman’s Ferry and is from the extended family of G1 winners Outstandingly (Exclusive Native) and Sky Mesa.

Wiseman’s Ferry and the Rangeview Stud resident are both sons of Hennessy (Storm Cat).

Henny Hughes (USA) also sired a $290,000 colt purchased by Japan buyer K K Eishindo.  The Wavertree Stables consigned youngster is from the stakes-placed mare Dress for Succes (Tricky Mister).  He had clocked 21 seconds for 400m at the breeze-ups late last week.

Headline filly Beholder has flagged the renewed popularity for Henny Hughes in North America.  The 2012 Champion USA 2YO Filly is on track for another G1 in the Kentucky Oaks next Friday, May 3.

Beholder worked the house down at Santa Anita on Thursday, clocking 1400m in 1.27.80s in her last fast work at home before heading to the $1 million classic at Churchill Downs.

The Henny Hughes filly will be making her first start outside of California for trainer Richard Mandella.  Beholder previously captured the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, G1 Las Virgenes Stakes and G1 Santa Anita Oaks.  Her only win outside the confines of Santa Anita came when she broke her maiden at Del Mar last July.

On the local front, Medusa’s Miss can boost her residual value in the LR James Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.  Trainer Kevin Moses has added blinkers after an uncharacteristic run last time at Canterbury.

Medusa’s Miss has helped Henny Hughes climb the Australian second-season winners table.  There have been 20 individual winners to date and that puts him well inside the Top 10.

Winner No.21 could be Newcastle based 2yo colt Unique.  The chestnut is trained by Kris Lees for Prime Thoroughbreds and he caught the eye when winning an 800m trial on Tuesday.  He is an unraced younger brother to G1 VRC Emirates Stakes winner Happy Trails.

Apart from his domestic winners, Henny Hughes has also sired Macau stakes winner The Star Of Geely (Aus) and Hong Kong Group aspirant Great Charm (Aus).

Henny Hughes stands at Rangeview Stud at Bullsbrook in WA and shuttles to Walmac Farm in Kentucky.

– Karl Patterson