Heytesbury Stud freshman Husson Lightning started his career in style on Saturday with a quinella in the Westspeed 2YO Handicap at Ascot.
Tempestuous Strike (2c Husson Lightning – La Lollobrigida by Dauberval) finished with a burst to win on debut for leading trainer Trevor Andrews. “He has speed but I told Jarrad (Noske) to get a cart into the race and it worked out nicely,” Andrews said. “He’s a gem and I think he’s got a future.”
Avuncular (2c Husson Lightning – Sister Company by Lord Dane) is a Heytesbury homebred and he looked home for trainers Dion and Lou Luciani until the winner arrived in the closing stages.
Husson Lightning was the first Australian bred Group winner by Hussonet when taking the G3 Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington in November 2006. That race has an honour-roll highlighted by leading sires Bel Esprit, Testa Rosa, Canny Lad, Vain and Biscay.
Husson Lightning covered books in excess of 95 in each of his first three seasons at stud and his initial yearlings sold up to $95,000 at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions.
He stands for $5,500 (inc gst) service fee at Heytesbury.
Tempestuous Strike descends from a Heytesbury family going back several generations. His second dam Summer Silence (Zabaleta) carried the Holmes a Court colours to Listed victories in the 1993 All Stars Quality and Lindsay Rosenthal Stakes at Belmont.
Third dam Surfside Lady (Pago Pago) also sported the famous maroon and white silks to a G2 victory in the 1988 Champion Fillies Stakes. She led home a Len Morton trained trifecta that day ahead of Cheridge (Cheraw) and Tropical Touch (Pago Pago).
Robert Holmes a Court bought Surfside Lady’s dam Bynsaab from John and Doris Gabbedy. The Gay Saba filly had won the 1976 Champion Fillies Stakes.
Red Hot Sax, a daughter of Heytesbury sire Saxon, was run over by quick closer Eight Till Late (Lonhro) in this year’s edition of the Champion Fillies on Saturday.