Alice Haynes landed the first Group race success of her career when Amo Racing and Omnihorse Racing-owned Lady Hollywood made virtually all the running to win the 5-furlong Group 3 Prix d’Arenberg, in the hands of Mickael Barzalona, at ParisLongchamp on 1st September 2022.
No stranger to either the winner’s circle or travelling abroad, the daughter of Havana Grey has won four of her seven starts, opening her tab with a comfortable 4 ½ length victory in a 5-furlong Fillies’ Novice at Lingfield on 25 June. She followed that with two more successes on the bounce in a 5-furlong Fillies’ Novice at Beverley, winning by 3 lengths, and a comfortable 1 ½ length win in the 5-furlong Listed Arqana Irish EBF Marwell Stakes at Naas, Ireland, providing Alice with her first Black Type win in 2022.
Her run in the G2 Lowther Stakes at York in August, where she finished down the field, can be struck off as the step up to 6 furlongs was not to her liking and the return to 5 furlongs in the Prix d’Arenberg clearly suiting her best.
Lady Hollywood’s win is not just a milestone for Alice, but also for the stallion Havana Grey, who is now off the mark with his first Group winning daughter.
Alice said: “It’s great because it was Havana Gold’s first success and as a team, it was out first Group success too.”
“She is a fast filly and she broke well, so Mickael let her get into her stride and then she finished really well.
“This is my first proper season training. We’ve had a Listed winner with this filly and now a Group winner. It’s unbelievable for a small team like ours. It’s very exciting.
“We’ve got 40 horses at home and so to come abroad and get a result like this is huge.
“This is a first Group winner for the team. I think she’s a lovely filly who will probably end up going to the Breeders’ Cup.
“She’s had enough racing and she’s a filly who doesn’t take too much work so she’ll have a little break now.
The target will be the $1,000,000 5.5-furlong Grade 1 Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland on Friday, 4 November, where she could face Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win-And-Youre-In race winners The Riddler, who won the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and Blackbeard, who took out the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville.