Hello Youmzain on top of the world

Hello Youmzain on top of the world20 Jun 2020

Cambridge Stud’s Royal Ascot dream was fulfilled overnight with Hello Youmzain triumphant in the Gr.1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Our black and gold jacket was carried by jockey Kevin Stott to an historic victory on the hallowed turf. By winning the race Hello Youmzain added his name to an honour roll that includes his grandsire Danehill and Australian trailblazers Black Caviar, Choisir, Starspangledbanner and Merchant Navy.

The Kevin Ryan-trained powerhouse, a previous winner of the Gr.1 Haydock Park Sprint Cup, perfectly executed a long-held plan.

Hello Youmzain was purchased by Cambridge Stud and Haras d'Etreham in October last year with the intention of racing him this season and retiring to stud in 2021.

"This is the most amazing thing ever for us," Cambridge Stud owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay said.

"We were so nervous, and we had been out for dinner with some friends, and they were back home watching the race.

“I think it feels like half of New Zealand is up watching the race with the amount of phone calls and messages we have had!

“I don't know if any New Zealander has won a Group 1 at Royal Ascot before, it is just amazing.

"Thanks to (bloodstock agent) Hubie de Burgh and thanks very much to Nicolas de Chambure, our partner in France.

The major sprints are all on the program of Hello Youmzain, a striking son of Kodiac.

"It's fantastic, particularly given the times we have gone through,” said the trainer’s son Adam.

“For everyone in racing, to get it back and win on the biggest stage of all is fantastic.

“As well, for Kevin Stott - we knew him when he first came across and he did his apprenticeship with us.

“He is an absolute credit to his family and gave Hello Youmzain a brilliant ride. I am delighted for him to have his first Group One winner for us.”

Ryan alluded to a couple of upcoming targets such as the Gr.1 July Cup and the Gr.1 Nunthorpe Stakes.

"We will see how he comes back from this, but he's a Group One sprinter and he will be tackling all of them,” he said.

“The July Cup is an obvious choice for his next run. He has a lot of natural speed as well, so I don't think we'll rule out dropping him down to five furlongs. He'll probably get an entry in the Nunthorpe as well."

Hello Youmzain’s victory capped a red letter day for his sire who also produced the winners of both Group Two two-year-old races on the same card.