Sam Hoskins believes the Hot to Trot syndicate are ‘very excited’ about the chances of filly Heartache, who bids to give the team a first pattern victory at Royal Ascot next week.
The two-year-old goes to the Queen Mary with a live chance, after powering clear on her only start.
A daughter of listed winning, and group placed, Place In My Heart she defeated closest rival Fab by no less than six lengths at the Wiltshire venue.
“She’s a lovely filly and Clive (Cox) has always liked her,” said Hot the Trot syndicate manager Sam Hoskins.
“She’s always been showing up nicely and always had. We saw her as a yearling, and she was always a lovely filly. She’s bred to be good, and she’s been working well in the spring.
“I don’t think anyone expected her to go and do what she did at Bath, she just won very easily and Adam Kirby couldn’t pull her up after the race.
“He said straight after the race ‘without doubt she should go to the Queen Mary’ and Clive was adamant she should go, so we have to take their advice.
“Her homework has been very good, and apparently worked very well last week. We are really excited to take her to Royal Ascot now!”
The Hot To Trot Syndicate were formed in 2010, but have begun to build up a good team of horses.
With an exciting debut, the team are hoping Heartache can establish herself as the syndicate’s flagship horse.
“We’ve had fifteen winners so far and seem to be doing really well, but this is potentially the most exciting filly we have ever had,” Hoskins added.
“We’ve got over fifty people planning on coming to Royal Ascot, so it’s a bit of logistical nightmare!
“It’s all very exciting, to have a filly like this. It’s only the start, but she has got plenty of scope and I really think she could be go. The Elite racing club had Soviet Song, hopefully Heartache can be ours!”
She looks set to compete in the Queen Mary stakes over the same distance, but will have to take on leading American raider Happy Like A Fool.
Wesley Ward spoke highly after her maiden win at local track Keeneland.
“Beating Wesley Ward and his sprinters aren’t easy to do, but we can’t be scared,” said Hoskins.
“She’s a lovely filly with plenty of speed and hopefully she should have a chance.”
To find out more about the Hot To Trot syndicate follow the link here.