The ‘Halo’ sparkles at Easter

Hilly’s Halo in her
saddling barn.

Friday, April 26, 2019

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AMERICAN-bred four-year-old chestnut filly Hilly's Halo turned up in immaculate condition to sweep the 2019 - Easter Sprint Cup feature at Caymanas Park on Easter Monday (April 22).

Going five and-a-half furlongs (1,100m) at the Overnight Allowance level, Hilly's Halo, under the guidance of champion jockey Anthony Thomas, outbattled favourite Patriarch by three parts of-a- length.

Patriarch (Robert Halledeen), with his usual burst of usual energy, shot to the front at the half-mile (800m) ahead of My Sister and Hilly's Halo but approaching the final bend Hilly's Halo started her bid.

Turning for home on the outside of Patriarch, Hilly's Halo drew alongside for a brief moment before edging away. My Sister finished in third. The final time was recorded at 1:06.1.

“A sterling performance, I must admit. Patriarch after some months away returned to the fold but his exercise reports were glowing, so victory here would not have come cheaply.

Hilly's Halo had to be at her best to challenge seriously for parity as following a series of four winning runs from late May to August last year there was a slump when she lost three races – which was a worry for me.

“Well, she ran to expectations. The jockey was instructed to break her sharp, settle her and then sit and watch before making a decisive move,” a more than pleased Subratie shared.

He added: “Considering the things we had to go through with this horse over the last couple of months, this Easter Monday performance was a defining one, as she ( Hilly's Halo) showed class, heart and determination and the jockey did a really good job.”

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