Highbank Preview 2016
We are happy to report our 2 year old filly White Rosa has successfully settled into her surroundings at Hugo Palmer's Kremlin Cottage Stables. The filly by multiple champion sire Galileo out of the Group 3 winning and Group 1 placed mare Dhanyata has been successfully broken in and has grown significantly in size and stature over the past few months.
Dhanyata is set to be represented in the silks of Highbank by White Rosa and her half Brother, the 3 year old Oasis Dream Gelding 'Wernotfamusanymore'. After three decent runs at 2 culminating in a three parts of a length defeat when second at 11/8 favourite at Catterick, Wernotfamusanymore spent his winter at Kevin Ryan's Hambleton Lodge Stables and has received positive reports as his work steps up prior to the flat season with Kevin considering a race on the all weather to sharpen him up.
White Rosa- 2 y o filly by Galileo ex Dhanyata
Other exciting prospects for the forthcoming season include Ashadihan, a Highbank bred Kyllachy filly out of Miss Delila who finished second in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. She currently holds an entry for the Irish 1,000 guineas but will most likely target a trial race to test her classic credentials before a possible tilt at one of the biggest races of the season.
Bint Aldar is another 3 year old filly who has an exciting year ahead of her. By leading first season sire Zoffany, Bint Aldar was successful in two races at 2, most notably a valuable class 3 nursery handicap at York before a disappointing run in the two year old trophy at Redcar.
Ashadihan finishing second in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot 2015
Other as of yet unnamed two year olds include:
Colt by Invincible Spirit x Loch Jipp
Colt by Elusive Quality x Readyandaway
Colt by Pivotal x Miss Delila (3/4 brother to Ashadihan)
Filly by Speightstown x Sweet Hope
The 2 year olds are an exciting addition to the Highbank-bred roster, with other exciting older horses including the Charlie Appleby trained Mythical Madness, big handicap performer God Willing, Hong-Kong performer Bremner, maiden winner Victory Megastar and the Italian-based multiple winner Alsrab.
On a side note, it will also be exciting to follow the career of 3 year old colt Brave Hero (Poets Voice ex Classical Dancer). Brave Hero looked extremely impressive when breaking his maiden first time out by four and a half lengths setting a new 2 year old track record in the process as well as earning himself quotes for the Derby. Highbanks first foray in to the world of pinhooking led us to purchase Brave Hero as a foal and selling him at Book 1 of the October Yearling sale was as exciting as it was nerve-wracking. Fortunately he fell in to extrememly good hands and the Highbank team wish his connections the best of luck with his exciting three year old campaign.
Brave Hero during his yearling sale prep in 2014