Heavenly Holly set for Lingfield return on Trials Day after career-best performance

Ryan Moore produced a fine front-running ride aboard 9/1 shot Heavenly Holly to capture the £150,000 Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championship.

Heavenly Holly

Trained by Hugo Palmer, the lightly-raced four-year-old daughter of Shamardal went clear entering the home straight and held on well in the closing stages to score by a length.

The William Haggas-trained Island Of Life (9/2) ran on strongly to finish second, with French raider Silvery Mist (11/1), trained by Fabrice Chappet, a further half-length back in third.

Newmarket-based Palmer said: "Heavenly Holly was very impressive when she won the novice at Wolverhampton and she was then beaten only three-quarters of a length when fifth in a Listed race in France over an extra half furlong. She might have been beaten three-quarters of a length here if she'd had to go another half furlong!

"She's a real testament to patient owners, because so many owners push you into running horses before they are ready. These guys (racing as Hunscote Stud Limited) have been so patient."

Looking ahead he said: "The obvious target is to come back here on Trials Day for the Chartwell Stakes, but that's turf and Ryan says she wouldn't want extremes of ground. I've a feeling there's a six-furlong race for fillies at Ascot which might be an alternative, and there's also the Kilvington at Nottingham, so there are plenty of opportunities.

"Heavenly Holly is improving all the time. She did not start racing until October and I felt coming into the race that she was the filly with the potential to improve.

"It will be black type races exclusively now though, as she's got a pedigree to die for."

Moore, enjoying his fourth AWC Finals Day win, said: "Heavenly Holly is lightly-raced and she did it well today.

"Hugo said she ran a good race in France last time when she was fifth and I think the slightly easier track helped her today.

"She is a very straightforward filly and hopefully she'll get her Black Type at some point now."


Island Of Life, sent off at 9/2 and trained in Newmarket by William Haggas and ridden by James Doyle, came home a length second to Heavenly Holly (9/1) in the third race on the card, the £150,000 Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies' and Mares' Championship.

Maureen Haggas, wife of trainer William, represented the trainer and commented: "She was unlucky and got shuffled back coming down the hill.

"We got taken back to last by a slow one and then she ran a terrific race to come back to a length.

"The winner got the run of the race and we got into trouble, but she ran great. You have got to be happy with that.

"We have been second in a Listed race, and we would like to win one - so we will take it from there."

Doyle, added: "She was unlucky."

  2.30pm £150,000 Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championship, 7f

For four-year-olds and upwards,who, between October 23, 2018, and April 12, 2019,have EITHER run three times on a designated All Weather Surfacein Great Britain, Ireland or France, OR have run three timesduring the Championship period, including twice on a designatedAll-Weather surface in Great Britain, Ireland or France AND haverun at least once at Meydan (Dirt), OR have won an All-WeatherFillies And Mares Fast-Track Qualifier. Weights: 9st. Maximum field of 14 (plus 2 reserves).

No (Dr) Horse Age-Wt (Owner) Trainer/Jockey

1 (12) Heavenly Holly (IRE) 4-9-00 (Hunscote Stud Limited) Hugo Palmer/Ryan Moore 9/1

2 (7) Island of Life (USA) ts, p 5-9-00 (Hamer, Hawkes & Hellin) William Haggas/James Doyle 9/2

3 (8) Silvery Mist (FR) 4-9-00 (Roy Racing Ltd) Fabrice Chappet FR/Stephane Pasquier 11/1

4 (9) Cry Baby (IRE) p 5-9-00 (Ecurie des Monnaies) Yann Barberot FR/Christophe Soumillon 25/1

5 (3) Crossing The Line 4-9-00 (Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum) Andrew Balding/David Probert 9/2

6 (4) Pattie 5-9-00 (Mick Channon) Mick Channon/Joe Fanning 20/1

7 (5) Treasure Me v 4-9-00 (Daniel MacAuliffe & Anoj Don) Charlie Fellowes/Stevie Donohoe 40/1

8 (1) Gorgeous Noora (IRE) 5-9-00 (David Howden & David Redvers) Archie Watson/Hollie Doyle 6/1

9 (10) Clon Coulis (IRE) h 5-9-00 (Colette Twomey) David Barron/Jamie Spencer 7/1

10 (11) Castle Hill Cassie (IRE) 5-9-00 (D Howden, S Lock & D Redvers) Ben Haslam/Andrew Mullen 12/1

11 (6) Toy Theatre 5-9-00 (L J Vaessen) Michael Appleby/Tom Marquand 33/1

12 (2) Rasima 4-9-00 (Nurlan Bizakov) Roger Varian/David Egan7/2 Fav

Time: 1m 25.01s

Distances: 1, ½, nk, ½, hd, ½, ½, ½, ¾, 1¼, hd

Tote Win: £10.20 Places: £3.10 £2.50 £2.90 Exacta: £66.20 Trifecta: £946.20