Lady Heidi wins 2yo Listed race for High Chaparral

Connections are hoping that Lady Heidi (2f High Chaparral-Water Feature, by Dansili) can develop into a 2014 G1 Oaks contender after her decisive Listed success at Pontefract on Monday.

The High Chaparral filly took the Listed Tankard Stakes by two and three-quarter lengths under Silvestre de Sousa and gave Middleham-based Phil Kirby – a rising star of the training ranks – his biggest Flat success so far.

Kirby told sportinglife.com: “We’ve always liked her and she shows plenty of ability at home. She’s still very green and I thought this might just be a step too far for her at this stage, but she’s done it really well.

“I think it looks fair enough form and I don’t think there was any fluke about it, so we’ll put her away now. She obviously handles that ground well, but she moves well and I don’t think it’s the be all and end all for her.

“I’m sure there’s loads of improvement in her. She’s still got to fill out her frame and hopefully she’ll be an even better filly next year.”

Owner Philip Rolls told the Racing Post: “I bought her for 8,000gns as a yearling and I turned down 20,000gns for her at Newmarket earlier this year. She’ll be going for some good races next season. I hope you’ll see her in the Oaks.”

Lady Heidi, who was bred at Colin and Melba Bryce’s Laundry Cottage Stud, was scoring after a fantastic sales season for High Chaparral. His yearlings made up to €400,000 at Arqana in August and prices of 290,000gns (Hong Kong Jockey Club), 280,000gns (Form Bloodstock) and 275,000gns (M V Magnier) at the recent Tattersalls October Sale.

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