Prime Thoroughbreds syndicator Joe O’Neill cheered home Happy Trails in the G3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday.
O’Neill bought his younger half-brother by Henny Hughes earlier this year in Adelaide.
Happy Trails (5g Good Journey – Madame Flurry by Perugino) will head to Melbourne for the G2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley in September. “He’s matured and is a genuine Group 1 horse,” trainer Paul Beshara claimed. “Hopefully, we can keep going towards the Cox Plate.”
Beshara bought him for just $11,000 at the 2009 Adelaide Magic Millions. Three years later O’Neill had to bid $70,000 to buy his younger half-brother by Henny Hughes but had him syndicated in next to no time.
“He’s an outstanding colt,” O’Neill said. “I inspected quite a few by Henny Hughes and expect he will be very successful here. It’s his strike rate that appeals to me.”
Henny Hughes has sired 10 winners from his first crop conceived in Australia. That puts him in second place on the winner-count behind Husson on 12. The Luke Pepper trained Cognac Prince took him into double figures at the Sapphire Coast on Sunday
Henny Hughes (USA) is now based permanently at Rangeview Stud in Western Australia. He will stand for a $7,700 (inc gst) fee alongside Key Business (Success Express) and So Secret (Danetime).
HENNY HUGHES-MADAME FLURRY COLT
Prime Thoroughbreds syndicated Henny Hughes’ half-brother to Happy Trails