Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes
Doncaster 15:15
£300,000 added,
2yo only,
6f 110y, Class 2
Thursday 11th September 2014

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1 Bond's Girl 14/1
2 Heartbreak Hero 12/1
3 Mattmu 10/1
NR: Valley Of Fire
21 ran Distances: 2l, hd, ¾l
TIME 1m 17.27s (slow by 0.27s)

The £3,000 yearling purchase Bond's Girl completes a Richard Fahey double under jockey Patrick Mathers

Bond's Girl
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Bond's Girl

Self-confessed journeyman rider Patrick Mathers picked up the biggest paycheck of his career as he took the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance £300,000 2-y-o Stakes on Bond's Girl.

The filly, a 14/1 shot, was one of seven runners in the six-furlong race trained by Richard Fahey and came in two lengths clear of Heartbreak Hero and Mattmu, separated by a head.

"This is my biggest win by a country mile," said Mathers. "I've won twice on Bond's Girl now, and she tries so hard, that's the great thing about her. I got a good tow off another of Richard's [Al Gomry] and I maybe should have tried to sit on her a bit longer. But once she did go to the front, she was never going to be caught."

Bond's Girl had previously run fourth to one of the season's fastest juveniles, Tiggy Wiggy, in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury and Fahey admitted that he fancied the daughter of Monsieur Bond, the joint lowest-weighted of the 21 runners on 8st 1lb, best of his septet. "She's a sharp little two-year-old and I thought she'd go well off that weight. She's rated only 5lbs less than Al Gomry and he had to give her 15lb today."

The weights for the race are determined by the median auction sale price of the runners' sires, and Monsieur Bond is much less fashionable than Exceed And Excel, responsible for Al Gomry.

"This is some buzz, I have never had a feeling like that before," added Mathers. "Coming to it, I was quite confident and you would have to be coming here after the Super Sprint. I couldn't get a run there and today I tracked the right horses and she took me there."

Mathers, 33, has been attached to the Fahey yard for three years. "I started with Alan Berry, I've been with Derek Shaw and then I was a freelance," he said. "Someone like me finds it hard unless you get on a good one. But if you stick around long enough, things like this happen eventually. And I'm very grateful to Richard, a great trainer and a great boss, for giving me the chance to stick."

Bond's Girl was bred by her owner David Metcalfe, and though she went through the Doncaster salering as a yearling, she was retained for £3,000. "We had her entered at York last month but I wasn't quite happy with her so we waited for this," added Fahey. "It's a great sort of race for the little man, the smaller owner and breeder."

Trainer William Haggas was happy enough with the performance of Heartbreak Hero, who finished the two-length runner-up behind Bond's Girl this afternoon.

The two-year-old had won his previous two starts and took another step forward in this race and his trainer is keen to continue running him in the big sales races for the rest of the year.

"He's run a great race and we're very happy with him," said Haggas.

"He's in the Tattersalls Millions sales race at Newmarket over six furlongs in just over a week's time and then he's in the other big sales race two weeks after that which is over seven.

"We're chasing the money!"

Tim Easterby, who saddled Mattmu, was another trainer who was happy following the race. The 10/1 shot finished a further head behind Heartbreak Hero in third.

"He's run well - we can't complain," he said.

Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes
£300,000 added, 2yo only, 6f 110y, Class 2
21 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dr Dist Horse SP Jockey Wgt Trainer
1st (20) Bond's Girl 14/1
P Mathers
8-1 R A Fahey
2nd (11) 2 Heartbreak Hero 12/1
R L Moore
9-2 W J Haggas
3rd (6) hd Mattmu 10/1
D Allan
8-6 T D Easterby
4th (10) ¾ Cockney Island 25/1
S De Sousa
8-1 P J McBride
5th (7) Dougal (IRE) 40/1
J Fortune
8-12 Richard Hannon
6th (13) s.h Kasb (IRE) 11/1
Dane O'Neill
8-12 J H M Gosden
7th (4) ¾ Acaster Malbis (FR) 40/1
James Doyle
8-12 Richard Hannon
8th (18) ½ Lexington Times (IRE) 17/2
R Hughes
8-12 Richard Hannon
9th (17) ¾ Grandad's World (IRE) 16/1
T Hamilton
8-12 R A Fahey
10th (21) ½ Natural Order (USA) 16/1
William Buick
8-12 K R Burke
11th (2) nse The Great War (USA) 6/1
J P O'Brien
9-2 A P O'Brien
12th (8) ¾ Vimy Ridge 40/1
Jason Hart
8-9 R A Fahey
13th (1) ½ Kibaar 10/1
P Hanagan
8-9 B W Hills
14th (15) Gaudy (IRE) 25/1
J P Spencer
9-0 K A Ryan
15th (14) 1 Intiwin (IRE) 40/1
F M Berry
8-12 R A Fahey
16th (22) nse Gerry The Glover (IRE) 40/1
T Eaves
8-9 B Ellison
17th (5) Fox Trotter 7/2f
Martin Lane
8-6 B J Meehan
18th (12) ½ Diamond Creek (IRE) 100/1
F Norton
8-7 R A Fahey
19th (3) nk Plymouth Sound 50/1
T P Queally
9-2 Eve Johnson Houghton
20th (19) hd Al Gomry 50/1
L Dettori
9-2 R A Fahey
21st (16) Burtonwood 100/1
D Nolan
9-2 R A Fahey
NR (9) Valley of Fire 8-6 W J Haggas