Yarraman Park’s Hellbent posted his second metro winner of the week at Sandown on Saturday when Phoenix Thoroughbreds homebred Hell Hound won the open juvenile event as a short-priced favourite.
Trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr, Hell Hound was an easy debut winner at Terang earlier this month and kept her record perfect when hitting the line hard to win the 1000m scamper running away by three-quarters of a length.
•Hell Hound – Yarraman Sired•
Claims the first race at Sandown under @beau_mertens for @MickPriceRacing. The smart 2YO daughter of Hellbent was bred by @PhoenixThoroug1 & remains unbeaten. Congratulations to the owners & all connections!
— Yarraman Park Stud (@yarramanpark) April 30, 2022
“She took a little while to pick up and get going in the heavy ground, but she’s very classy,” said winning rider Beau Mertens.
Michael Kent Jr was well pleased with the run and predicts stakes potential for Hell Hound.
“It was a better win than it looked,” he said.
“We’ll see how she pulls up. She is very capable of getting Black Type, so we’ll have a look at the calendar and see what’s coming up, or we will put her away for the spring.
“She’s a gorgeous filly by Hellbent and I’m sure they are going to get better with time.”
Hell Hound is a half-sister to Group II winner Letzbeglam and stakes-placed Snazz ‘n’ Charm and is the fourth winner from four foals to race from well-bred import Miss Charming (USA), a sibling to dual Group I winner Tout Charmant and Group III winner Forest Grove.
Hell Hound is one of four winners for Hellbent, who has also sired stakes horses Miss Hellfire, Warby and Bohemian Daisy. The Group I winning son of I Am Invincible stands at a fee of $22,000 this spring.