Attila The Honey complete Southwell double

By John Scanlon

 

The stable completed a double on the last day of the month at Southwell when the grey Attila The Honey (pictured above) stayed on strongly to land the mile and a half handicap restricted to three-year-olds.

Making her handicap debut and stepped up in trip to the mile and a half for the first time, Attila The Honey faced just three rivals. Ridden by stable apprentice Archie Young, Attila The Honey was sent off the outsider of the party.

As Hollie Doyle asked Across Earth to make the running, Attila The Honey was settled in second, tracked by King’s School and Free Speech.

There was little change in the order under the quartet turned for home, when Across Earth and Attila The Honey readily pulled clear of the remainder. Asked for her effort by her young rider, Attila The Honey stayed on well, but under a right-hand drive she repeatedly hung left towards Across Earth, showing greenness.

While Archie might have done better to pull his whip through to his left hand, he was able to correct the filly who went on to score by half a length from Across Earth, the pair 12 lengths clear of the third horse, Free Speech.

Attila The Honey was homebred by the Johnstons at Friar Ings Stud. She is by Jukebox Jury out of the Zafonic mare, Attima, making her a full sister to Ask Peter, on whom Archie Young rode three winners for connections in 2023, and a half-sister to Adamant, by Dalakhani, a triple winner over a mile to 10 furlongs for Sir Michael Stoute a few years ago.

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