Dehere filly Hollywood Angel turned in an eye-catching performance to break maiden ranks in the Trevor Sutcliffe Insurance Hcp (1400m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Defying a trend which had seen most of the winners come from on the speed, Hollywood Angel swamped her rivals to win going away for Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.
“It was a huge run, Young said. “She got a little bit of a check down the back and I was a bit worried, but she’s come home beautifully. She’s not an overly big filly but she really tried. She’s got a big heart and we will see how she comes through this race and look to go through the grades with her.”
Winning rider Mark du Plesssis was also taken with the performance. “I know it’s only a maiden race, but there’s not many horses with a turn of foot like that that don’t go on,” du Plesssis said. “I would be very surprised if she didn’t win a nice race.”
Hollywood Angel (3f Dehere – Whiffle by Red Ransom) is a homebred for Graham and Helen Gay Bax of Blandford Lodge. She carried the same colours to victory as Saturday’s NZ bred Sydney winner Mon Soleil (Savabeel).
Connections retained Hollywood Angel after she failed to make an $80,000 reserve at the 2011 NZB Premier Yearling Sale. Her USA bred dam Whiffle has since foaled fillies by Sebring and High Chaparral.
Whiffle is a half-sister to the dam of the Fantastic Light brothers Mission Critical (G1 Waikato International Stakes) and Brilliant Light (G2 STC Ajax Stakes).
Hollywood Angel is from the penultimate Australian crop of Dehere. He stood in Kentucky and Japan while shuttling to Coolmore Australia before being sold to the Turkish National Stud.