HCE Snippets: 2YO Talk

George Baker

This year is massively important for us. Plenty of dreams tied up in the 2-year-olds. And in others. Belgian Bill and Humidor have just worked through the mist of early dawn. Two of the horses who can take us to the right places. I hope that there will be others emerging in the weeks ahead......


David Evans

Redair strikes first blow

Redair gave the stable' s two-years-old a boost by winning the first juvenile event of the year on the all-weather at Kempton. The daughter of Redback won by one and three quarter lengths in the hands of Cathy Gannon to give owners - Mid-Wales partnership of Sally Edwards and Jean and James Potter a winning start. Two of stables other two-year-olds Ciara Boo and Umph gained valuable experience from their first outing.

Richard Hannon

The two-year-olds are starting to come to themselves, and Andrew Tinkler's Wolfgang, a son of first season stallion Amadeus Wolf, looks a sharp sort who won't be long in making his racecourse debut. He worked well at Everleigh, bringing a smile to Jones's face.

Tinkler also has a nice Kyllachy two-year-old filly, Pretty Primo, who is a half-sister to Richard Fahey's top-class three-year-old Wootton Bassett.

However, Pretty Primo will take a bit longer, and Jones said:"We paid 120,000gns for her before Wootton Bassett won the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp on Arc day, and I think she might be worth a bit more now. Obviously, making her a winner is the number one priority, so we won't be any rush."

Tinkler also has an unraced three-year-old, who has strengthened up considerably during the winter. He goes by the name of Danehill Dante - yes, by Danehill Dancer - and he could be the type for one of those early maidens at Newbury or Newmarket next month.

Dubawi Gold is one of 12 horses that Andrew Tinkler of Eddie Stobart fame has in training this season with Hannon - "we have around 65 spread around and some lovely two-year-olds," said racing manager Tim Jones - but Richard jnr warned not to write off Vanguard Dream, who made the running for six furlongs. "He has run well and he would have needed that, but his day will come," he said.

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