Hoku, trained by first-season trainer Olly Stevens at Robins Farm Racing Stables, Chiddingfold in Surrey, was beaten by only a nose in the Group Three Fillies Race at Ayr on Saturday, continuing her trainer’s good form.
Owned by Sheikh Suhaim Al Thani, and ridden by Harry Bentley, this Holy Roman Emperor filly put in a courageous performance, more than justifying this step up in class , and was unlucky to be beaten by such a small margin on the line by Coral Mist, trained by Charles Hills.
Following the race Olly Stevens tweeted:”Gutted but so proud of Hoku running such a close second in Group 3 Firth of Clyde. Not bad for a 14k yearling – listed and group placed and maiden winner!”
This filly loves some cut in the ground and is a gutsy performer. She has been progressed gradually, winning in a Maiden race at Windsor last month on soft ground and was second in a nine runner field at Nottingham on good to soft before that.
Hoku also had a good second from a big field at York on soft ground in May – with Harry Bentley in the saddle on all these good runs- and is clearly far, far better than her starting price of 16-1 at Ayr yesterday suggests.
She currently has a choice of two engagements before the end of the season and deserves a win.
She is entered for the Aqlaam Oh So Sharp Stakes Group Three Fillies race at Newmarket on Friday (September 27), and if this comes too soon after her race this weekend, she is also entered for the Totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy Listed Race at Redcar on October 5.