High Heeled shows explosive turn of foot
REPORT: KEMPTON, Monday
HIGH HEELED, runner-up to 1,000 Guineas favourite Rainbow View on her debut in July, stamped her authority on division 2 of the fillies maiden at Kempton on Monday to leave owner Steve Jenkins eyeing a crack at one of autumn's major juvenile heats.
The daughter of High Chaparral held obvious claims in the 1m contest given that she split John Gosden's Classic fancy and subsequent Listed winner Snoqualmie Girl on her racecourse bow and backers of the 6-4 favourite never had a moment's worry as she hit top gear two furlongs from home underMichael Hills to take the race in breathtaking style.
A delighted Jenkins, who owns the Barry Hills juvenile with wife Karen, said: "We expected that type of run after her first race when runner-up to Rainbow View.She was slow out of the stalls that day and hopefully there's a lot more to come."
Connections will now mull over two high-class races for fillies later this month - a trip to Ireland for the Goffs Million or the Meon Valley Fillies Mile at Ascot the day before. Assistant trainer CharlieHills added: "She's very tough and I think she'll be speedy enough for seven furlongs."
The Hills team notched a fillies maiden double when Simple Solution advertised the recent up surge in fortunes for the Lambourn yard in the first division.
However the 15-8 winner was slightly overshadowed by her stablemate's performance half an hour later.
"She a very genuine filly, we've always liked her and she came out of debut run really well. She's entered in the Fillies Mile at Ascot and we'll have a look but if it looks too hot will probably go the Listed route," Hills said.
Neil Callan was also in double-winning form and got up-and-running for the day aboard 2005 Irish Derby fifth Bahar Shumaal.
Callan deserved every penny of his riding fee after nabbing the rail and kicking off the turn for home to hold off the well-backed King's Event in the 1m2f handicap.
"He took a furlong to warm up, but once he settled I got him into a relaxed rhythm, managed to conserve some energy roundthe back straight before kicking for home.
"He's had his problems but Clive's (Brittain) is a great trainer," added Callan, who went on to bag his 90-1 brace on the 6f maiden stakes winner Cheviot.
On a day when the fillies took centre stage,Rotative, backed at the maximum 999-1 to the tune of £60 on Betfair's in-running market, looked a star in the making after collaring Azure Mist on the line in the 1m2f maiden stakes.
The three-year-old was making a belated debut and took time to warm to her task but seems to have flourished under Walter Swinburn's patient handling.
Swinburn said: "She couldn't be trained at all last year but the last couple of weeks she's really flourished, although at half way I thought the signs weren't encouraging at all.
"Great credit to Alan Kirby, who could have given up at half-way."
Agnes Love, who has finished second to last in four out of her five races, showed an impressive burst of speed in the 5f nursery, belying her 9-1 starting price and the low expectations of owner David Caplin.
"With form like that you don't set your hopes too high," said Caplin, who
did admit to having "a little each-way interest".
The filly is "50-50" to reappear on Saturday either back here or at Lingfield.
The stewards interviewed Akehurst about the filly's improved form and forwarded his comments on to the BHA.
In the same race, Gay Kelleway received a warning from the stewards after Darryll Holland led Silent Treatment riderless to the start.
High Heeled showed an explosive turn of foot in division two of the fillies' maiden and her next target needs to be monitored.