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High hopes for filly Pink Sands

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Simon Scupham, the Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing chairman, has “high hopes” for the latest two horses to wear the Bermuda pink and navy blue silks.

Pink Sands, a two-year-old filly, and Skymax, a three-year-old gelding, have joined Queen Of Bermuda, a three-year-old filly, in the private venture’s stable of thoroughbreds.

Trained by William Haggas, Pink Sands has impeccable breeding as the daughter of No Nay Never, a prolific sire who won the Norfolk Stakes and Royal Ascot. She cost BTR 230,000 guineas.

Queen Of Bermuda also trained at Haggas’s Newmarket stable in Suffolk before moving to the United States to link up with Maryland-based H. Graham Motion, notable for his work with 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.

“[Pink Sands] is very sweet and quite strong and has been a real pleasure to deal with since she’s been here,” Haggas said.

Scupham hopes Pink Sands can be equally as successful as Queen Of Bermuda, who romped to victory at the Ayr Gold Cup meeting in Scotland and won a Listed race at Deauville, France, last season.

“The difference between Queen Of Bermuda and Pink Sands is that Queen Of Bermuda was always tiny,” said Scupham, who teamed up with Highclere, the leading horse syndicate management firm in Britain, to establish BTR in 2014.

“The expectation for Queen Of Bermuda was always for her to be precocious two-year-old. We think Pink Sands could be around for a few years in racing.”

Pink Sands was chosen at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale by John Warren, who is regarded as one of the world’s leading bloodstock advisers.

“We had some luck last year with Queen Of Bermuda, and Simon Scupham is keen to make the next investment for the syndicate,” Warren told Thoroughbreddailynews.com. “Let’s hope the success can be replicated. She did a cracking breeze and looks like a Royal Ascot filly.”

Skymax is the first BTR horse not to be given a Bermuda-themed name. He cost 262,000 guineas and will be trained by Ralph Beckett at his Kimpton Down Stables in Hampshire.

“Skymax is a horse we bought in training, which means we can’t change its name,” said Scupham, who is the chairman of Shoreline Insurance Managers in Hamilton.

“It was a specific purchase to try and buy a horse who would be good enough to ultimately go to Australia and run in races like the Melbourne Cup. His plan is to go to a mile and half race at the Dante meeting on Friday.

“He’s already been gelded; he’s not going to be a stallion and it’s all about the prize money and having some fun.”