Junior Grand Prix winner by Henny Hughes

Henny Hughes finished November with a flourish when his Japanese based colt Keiai Leone won the LR Hyogo Junior Grand Prix at Sonoda last Thursday.

It completed a winning hat-trick for Keiai Leone and he did it in style winning by five lengths over 1400 metres.  He has now earned the equivalent of AUD 401,020.

Keiai Leone (2c Henny Hughes–Most Remarkable by Marquetry) was conceived in Kentucky before his dam was catalogued for the 2009 Keeneland November Sale.  She was part of the Overbrook Farm dispersal and was exported to the Yushun Company for $300,000.

Keiai Leone is a younger brother to Teahupoo who won his maiden in New York in September.  They are three-quarter brothers to Saratoga stakes winner Remarkable Remy (Hennessy).

A day after the Japanese result, Henny Hughes youngster Classic Caliber opened his account with a three length victory at Mountaineer Park.  He was bred by Kentucky based Kinsman Farm and is from Florida stakes winner Four Pennies (Gulch).

Henny Hughes started the month in a blaze of glory when Beholder won the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.  The Rangeview Stud based stallion is a clear second on the North American 2YO premiership behind long-time front-runner Harlan’s Holiday who is the sire of Champion Colt Shanghai Bobby.

Harlan’s Holiday (24 winners – $2.77 million) leads Henny Hughes (22 winners – $2.23 million) and they have spaced third-placed Lion Heart.  Both stallions have sired five juvenile stakes winners this year.

In Australia, Henny Hughes has been represented by 11 first-crop winners after Melbourne Billy and Rising Sky won their maidens by a combined margin of nine lengths on the weekend.

Rangeview Stud’s fellow Group 1 sire Key Business was also represented by a promising juvenile winner last week when Busimiss won the Westspeed Plate (1000m) at Ascot.

Busimiss (2f Key Business – Danana Smoothie by Danetime) is trained by Fred Kersley for Oakland Park owner-breeder Neville Duncan and she is destined for a successful career in the colours made famous by Northerly.

“We were very pleased to see Busimiss win because she carries the Key Business – Danetime cross,” Rangeview’s Jody Gray said.  “We have put most of our Key Business mares to So Secret over the past couple of years and we have three of their yearlings catalogued for the Perth Magic Millions in February.”

So Secret is a son of Danehill sire Danetime and is a member of an influential Sunspeed family.  He was a G3 winner of the Colonel Reeves Stakes at Ascot and is a half-brother to Oakland Park’s G1 Railway Stakes winner Covertly (Metal Storm).

So Secret has his first two year-olds ready to debut this season.  He stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at Rangeview alongside Henny Hughes ($7,700) and Key Business ($4,400).

– Karl Patterson