Tempestuous Strike hit the ground running as a three year-old with a dominant first-up victory at Belmont Park this week.
A second-crop son of Heytesbury Stud sire Husson Lightning, he made all the running to score a three length victory in the Westspeed 3YO Hcp over 1000m.
Trainer Damian Winn is already formulating plans to set the colt for the LR Belgravia Stakes (1200m) on October 15 prior to the G2 WA Guineas (1600m) on November 24.
Tempestuous Strike (3c Husson Lightning – La Lollobrigida by Dauberval) won at Ascot as an early season juvenile in November 2011, however, he was sidelined for the autumn carnival with a knee injury.
“He will another hit-out and then I will give him a quick break,” Winn revealed. “He’s genuine and tough and the only query is whether he will run out a strong 1600m.”
Tempestuous Strike failed to reach a $25,000 reserve at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions. His dam La Lollobrigida has a 2yo filly by Due Sasso and a yearling colt by Musket.
The Husson Lightning colt 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. 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.
Husson Lightning (Husson) was runner-up for the 2011-12 Sunspeed first-season award behind Danehill Express with earnings of $178,000. He will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee at Heytesbury this year.
Tempestuous Strike wins at Belmont