Winter Freezes Olympic Duel Stakes

Apprentice Josh Solomons had his first taste of feature race success on Tuesday, when he booted home bottom weight Hello Winter Hello to land the spoils in the Listed Cordocelli Olympic Duel Stakes (1200m) at Kenilworth’s midweek meeting.

Trained by Adam Marcus (whose father Basil is currently running the yard), the lightly raced filly provided her Drakenstein Stud based sire What A Winter (pictured above and below) with yet another feature race success, with What A Winter’s son Warrior’s Rest having won Saturday’s G1 Golden Horse Sprint at Hollywoodbets Scottsville.

Hello Winter Hello, well under sufferage in Tuesday’s race, was making her first start since March and was also facing her first feature race engagement.

The three-year-old, who was quietly backed from 10-1 into 17-2, showed her enjoyment of the softish underfoot conditions by poweringg home to score by a length and a half, with longshot Icon Princess (25-1) flying up late to snatch second place on the line.

Rush Hour Girl (11-1), a half-sister to Tuesday’s Stormsvlei Stakes winner Eva Eileen, provided her dam Captain’s Catch with more black type by taking third, while the favourite Queen Of Quiet had to settle for a fourth.

Hello Winter Hello made it three wins from only sixs starts by landing the Olympic Duel Stakes in a time of 75.63

Bred by the now defunct Favour Stud, Hello Winter Hello is one of five winners produced by G3 Champagne Stakes winner I’M Like Hello (by Dominion Royale).