Just the Judge by Charlie Hills
Charlie Hills during his long and colorful life, Charlie Hills has experienced much. He has seen war, death, defeat, and redemption. But perhaps his most important experience was the one that shaped his character.
Earlier this year, Muhaarar finished a fine third in the July Stakes at Newmarket. This was his first run in a race against older sprinters. However, his form has been very good as a two-year-old.
Muhaarar was sent to France for his next race. He won the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on 9 August. The race was run over six and a half furlongs. He was sent out as favourite and was ridden by David Hanagan.
Charlie Hills was also in attendance. He had previously campaigned Muhaarar as a classic horse. He was originally looking to get the horse on the track to win the Group One sprint. However, Charlie Hills revealed that Battaash had not been happy with the performance of the horse last season.
The horse is sired by Oasis Dream, who became the leading sire in the UK. Muhaarar has also sired five black-type winners. This makes Muhaarar a very valuable son of Oasis Dream.
Despite his lack of form last term, Charlie Hills believes his star sprinter Battaash is in great shape to take on the French sprinters in the Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp on Sunday. And, if he can win, Battaash could go on to become the first dual winner of the race since Lochsong in 1993 and 1994.
He could become the first British-trained horse to win the race in more than half a century. But Battaash has struggled in big races in the past. He’s been beaten before a big race in his career and was ruled out of the Breeders’ Cup meeting. However, he’s in good shape to win again and could make a hat-trick of wins in Friday’s G2 King George S.
Battaash has had a successful start to the new campaign, with wins in three Group Two races. He’s run with credit in a string of top-class sprints this season, including the Flying Five at Curragh and the Curragh Guineas.
Despite his sleazy name, Charlie Hills is on track for a major breakthrough in his second year as a trainer. He has sent out a squadron of nice prospects to take home the prize for next year’s campaign, if he can maintain his current level of form. He’s even had his piggy bank show some Wall Street profits to boot.
Interestingly, the Charlie Hills Commemorative is the first of four horses in this quartet to make it out of the chute. The other three are Future Empire, the aforementioned Aktabantay, and the aforementioned Master Apprentice. The aforementioned Aktabantay was the lone wolf of the quartet, while Future Empire and Master Apprentice both sat on the fence in the middle of the pack. This trio has been well behaved since their debut in January. The group has squeaked out a minor victory in two of the three listed races at Newmarket. They also have one ineligible in the Group III Sandown Classic Trial.
Just the Judge
During a career that has spanned from 2010 to 2015, Just the Judge by Charlie Hills has won five races and made five starts as a juvenile. She has produced best form in North America and Europe. The four-year-old daughter of Lawman is a half-sister to Graded winners High Heeled and Obliterator. She is also out of a multiple Grade 2 winner, Uncharted Haven.
Just the Judge’s sire Lawman is the winner of the Irish One Thousand Guineas, while her dam is a multiple Grade 2 winner, Uncharted Haven. She is also a half-sister to Graded Oaks winner High Heeled and Graded Filly and Mare Turf winner High Heeled.
Just the Judge was bred by Joan Keeney Dempsey in Ireland. She was purchased as a yearling by BBA Ireland and Charlie Hills for EUR50,000. In the same year that he took out a licence, Charlie Hills trained Just the Judge. It was a successful start to his career.
Just the Judge finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita Park. She was also placed in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Curragh, the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse and the E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine.