Chill Bill living up to breeding

Promising Cambridge galloper Chill Bill could soon get his opportunity to prove he has inherited some of his family’s staying ability.

Chill Bill, a member of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman’s team, completed a double in convincing fashion at Tauranga today when clearing out to win the Lion Red-Tauranga RSA 1600 by four and a quarter lengths from Tauranga galloper Kati Cat.

It was Chill Bill’s fourth win from 16 starts and followed a similarly easy win over 1580 metres at Te Awamutu on July 6.

“He’s always looked like he’ll be better over ground,” said Forsman. “He’s come right this campaign. He used to always sweat up, but he’s much more settled on raceday now and he’s getting through the grades well.”

Chill Bill is a four-year-old son of One Cool Cat and the Zabeel mare Ismalia, who showed plenty of ability when winning five races up to 2100 metres for Te Rapa trainer Lloyd Burdett. Even better examples of the stamina in Chill Bill’s pedigree are Ismalia’s brothers, Able Master and Accumulate. Able Master won the Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m) and was runner-up in Sydney’s Gr.1 Metropolitan Handicap, while Accumulate won six races up to 2800 metres, including the Gr.3 VRC St Leger.

Exaggerate and Brother Mark are other stakes-winning brothers of Ismalia. Exaggerate was the 2003 Joint Champion 4YO Male in Singapore/Malaysia and won eight races up to 2000 metres, with the highlight being the QE II Cup. Brother Mark raced in Perth where he won up to 2200 metres and was third in the Gr.1 Western Australian Derby.

Chill Bill has been tried once beyond 1600 metres when finishing last of eight over 2000 at Thames last November, but that was at the end of his last campaign.

He was placed twice at Ellerslie this campaign before starting his winning streak. “The Ellerslie track was just too heavy for him,” said Forsman.; “This is more his ground (slow) and he could even get away with a dead track.”

Chill Bill was ridden by Matt Cameron, while the Baker apprentice Brendan Hutton was successful on stablemate Snave in the Lion Red-Whakatane RSA 1400. Snave was trapped wide, but Hutton didn’t panic and once he got the five-year-old balanced up in the run home he set out after Manaia Rose, who looked to have the race won with 200 metres to go.

Snave, under Hutton’s urgings, proved too strong inside the last 100 metres to win by a neck and post his fourth win from 38 starts.