Hello You Storms to Victory to Claim the Unibet Rockfel Stakes
Photo courtesy of Megan Ridgwell
following today’s “Win and You’re In” Triumph
NEWMARKET, ENGLAND (Sep. 24, 2021) – Amo Racing Limited’s Hello You (IRE) announced herself as one of the best 2-year-old fillies in Europe, as she quickened clear in Friday’s Unibet Rockfel Stakes (G2) at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course. Her 1 ½-length success secures a guaranteed start into the US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) as part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series is an international series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California, on Nov. 5-6.
Hello You, a bay daughter of Invincible Spirit (IRE) out of the Pivotal (GB) mare Lucrece (GB), won impressively on her debut at Wolverhampton back in May but had been unable to get her head in front in four efforts since. Ridden by her regular partner Rossa Ryan, Hello You sat just off the pace set by the George Boughey-trained pair Oscula (IRE) and Cachet (IRE) before accelerating past them both to give young trainer David Loughnane a second Group 2 success of the season, after Go Bears Go (IRE) claimed the GAIN Railway Stakes (G2) at The Curragh in June.
Hello You moved yards from Ralph Beckett to Loughnane at the start of August and her new trainer acknowledged Beckett’s work with the filly.
Loughnane said: “She’s strengthened up loads over the last month. She arrived with us from Mr. Beckett’s in great order, and we’re very privileged and lucky to have a horse of her caliber in the yard. I think she’d go on any ground. I said beforehand that she’s a Group horse and deserved a Group win beside her name – and I’m delighted she’s proved herself today. The Amo team have thought a lot of her from day one. She was very impressive on debut, and you couldn’t knock what she did at Royal Ascot.”
When asked about Hello You’s future plans, Loughnane declared that connections have their sights set on a trip to the Breeders’ Cup.
“I know Kia (Joorabchian) is very keen to potentially have a crack at the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies Turf) in Del Mar in November. We’ve always felt she’ll be better over 1-mile and she’s just outstayed them today over the 7 furlongs.”
Newmarket trainer George Boughey has enjoyed a fantastic season, and he saddled both Cachet and Oscula to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Hello You (7/1) finished the 7-furlongs in 1:23:12, defeating eight rivals over a course listed as good-to-firm.
As part of the benefits of the Challenge Series, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for Hello You to start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, which will be run at 1-mile over the Del Mar turf course. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a travel allowance of US$40,000 for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. The Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of Oct. 25 to receive the rewards.
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