Dundeel mare strikes again at Randwick
Hope In Your Heart had already joined the list of Dundeel’s 18 stakeswinners when she lined up in Saturday’s $200,000 ATC Angst S. 1600m G3 and wasted no time claiming her second consecutive Group success.
Given a trouble-free run from barrier 11 by Everest-winning jockey Craig Williams, Hope In Your Heart was perfectly poised to strike at the top of the straight and sprinted hard to hold out the fast-finishing Honeycreeper.
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The win sealed a good week for Dundeel whose 3YO son Elliptical became his 12th Group 1 performer when a close 2nd in the Caulfield Guineas G1 on 8 October.
Trainer Kerry Parker acknowledged Hope In Your Heart’s rapid progress this Spring. “She’s done a wonderful job, she’s come a long way.
“Last prep we pushed her into those three-year-old races and no doubt it’s helped her come on and be a more mature mare now…Absolutely thrilled to see her get the job done.”
With five wins and $410,000 on her record, Hope In Your Heart may next be seen in the $10 million Golden Eagle on 29 October at Rosehill.
Raced by her breeders Alex & Deidre Iles, she is the best of five city winners out of the Montjeu mare Hayaat (by Montjeu), whose third dam Valderna is the grand-dam of the great Champion sire Zabeel.
Rested in 2018 and 2019, Hayaat produced Hope In Your Heart’s three-quarter brother, by Castelvecchio, in 2021.