Sire of the moment High Chaparral was in the news again in Italy on Sunday when the two-year-old Lucky Chappy (2c High Chaparral-Germane, by Distant Relative) was a hugely impressive Listed winner.
The colt had scored by four lengths in Rome on his previous outing and he was never pushed in the Listed Giuseppe De Montel as he strolled to a three-length success from Silent Killer (2c Oratorio-Pinky Mouse, by Machiavellian).
TDN wrote: “Lucky Chappy turned this into a procession with an all-the-way effort under Carlo Fiocchi. Full of gas on the front and early, the bay kept up a relentless gallop in the straight with no sign that he was paying for his early exertions.”
Lucky Chappy looks to have been a bargain 16,000 euros yearling last year. He was bred by Allevamento Gialloblu.
He was scoring a day after So You Think (5h High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights) had confirmed himself one of the all-time global greats with success in the G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and High Chaparral is set to be represented in Thursday’s G2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket’s July Meeting.
Last year’s G1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes winner Redwood (5h High Chaparral-Arum Lily, by Woodman) is set to have his first outing since March in the G2 contest.
Charlie Hills, assistant to his trainer father Barry, said: “Redwood is likely to go to Newmarket at the moment for the G2 Princess of Wales’s sportingbet.com Stakes. He is in very good nick at the moment and we are really happy with him.
“His form out in Dubai could hardly have worked out any better and he was beaten by a very good horse in the race last year. He doesn’t get a penalty for his G1 victory in Canada last year and he would return to Newmarket with a nice chance.”