Stakes Next for Iffraaj Filly I Say Hello

Mark Smith - Wednesday April 14

A Breednet' One To Watch' following a fast-finishing win over 1200m at Newcastle on March 30, the Kris Lees-trained filly I Say Hello came from near the tail of the field to score a dramatic win in an action-packed Benchmark 72 over 1300m at Hawkesbury on Wednesday.

Hugh Bowman can take a bow here. While some of the better fancies were running into dead-ends in a roughhouse final 300 metres, Bowman darted back to the rails on I Say Hello, and it was the winning move. The daughter of Iffraaj (GB) sliced through with an uninterrupted passage to defeat Calgary Queen (Real Impact) by a half-length with Twice As Special (Testa Rossa) the same distance back in third.

The heavily backed favourite Juan Diva (Snitzel) was stopped in her tracks at the 250m mark and was eased out of the race by James McDonald.

I Say Hello advances her record to three wins and a second from four starts with earnings of $61,755 and may have earned a shot at the Group III James Carr Stakes (1400m) for 3yo fillies at Randwick on Saturday week.

Carrying the all-navy colours of Coolmore Stud, I Say Hello was a $280,000 purchase by Anthony Penfold out of the Rich Hill Stud draft at Karaka in 2019.

I Say Hello a $280,000 Karaka yearling

The daughter of Iffraaj (GB)is the second winner from as many to race out of the Group 1 WRC Thorndon Mile and Group 1 Te Aroha JC New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes heroine Say No More (Pentire).

Danny O'Brien purchased Say No More's Vadamos colt for $45,000 at Karaka in 2020.

Say No More has a yearling filly by Satono Aladdin (JPN) and was covered by Ace High last spring.



Race Result - Brad Widdup Racing (Bm72) 1300m

Hawkesbury Track: Good(3) Time: 1:15.36
I Say Hello
T: K A Lees J: J Bowman 58
3f Iffraaj (GB) x Say No More (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $280,000
V:Rich Hill Stud
B: Mr A Penfold
Calgary Queen
T: Brad Widdup J: Tim Clark 56.5
3f Real Impact (JPN) x Morton (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: G Tao
Twice As Special
T: J C Coyle J: R Dolan 57.5
4m Testa Rossa (AUS) x Miss Falsterbo (AUS) (Peintre Celebre (USA))
T: James Cummings J: Campbell Rawiller 58.5
4m Hallowed Crown (AUS) x Hexameter (AUS) (Octagonal (NZ))
Rosie Riveter
T: Mark Newnham J: Rachel King 56
3f Dissident (AUS) x Albaicin (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM National Weanling Sale $90,000
V:Burnewang North Pastoral Rochester Vic
B: Agnew Bloodstock
Miss Twilight
T: Peter Robl J: R Hutchings 58.5
4m Sidestep (AUS) x Phenomenal Lass (AUS) (Country Reel (USA))
Kaakit Akit
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: S Clipperton 56.5
3f Artie Schiller (USA) x Above Perfection (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Night Flyer
T: Brad Widdup J: A Adkins 57.5
4m All Too Hard (AUS) x Night War (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
California Salto
T: P & P Snowden J: Tommy Berry 58
4m Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Comaneci (AUS) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $800,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone
B: Asian Bloodstock Services
Juan Diva
T: R & M Freedman J: J B Mc Donald 59.5
4m Snitzel (AUS) x Peron (AUS) (Husson (ARG))
T: C J Waller J: K Mc Evoy 56
3f Snitzel (AUS) x Serena Miss (NZ) (Iffraaj (GB))
Blazing Mac
T: Joseph Pride J: J Parr 57
4m More Than Ready (USA) x Stellamac (AUS) (Mull Of Kintyre (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone, NSW
B: Tricolours Racing & Syndications Pty Ltd
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