Happy turnaround for Sleep Well

Sleep Well continued a remarkable turnaround in form when he completed a winning hat-trick at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.  

The regally bred gelding landed a huge plunge in the Class 3 Pak Wo Handicap (1650m) for owner David Hui Cheung Wing and trainer Tony Millard.

Sleep Well (6g Sadler’s Wells  – Prawn Cocktail by Artichoke) originally raced as Achill Island when based with Ballydoyle trainer by Aidan O’Brien.  He was a Tipperary juvenile winner in August 2007 and quickly graduated to black-type racing to be runner-up in the G2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot and the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Monmouth Park.

His form tapered off as a three year-old and that prompted his sale to the Hong Kong stable of Andreas Schutz.  He failed to adapt in the Far East and dropped right down in the rankings before being transferred to Tony Millard.

The move rejuvenated his career and Millard will now set him for the Happy Valley Million Challenge.

Sleep Well is by all-conquering sire Sadler’s Wells and is a half-brother to Danehill’s stakes winning fillies Langoustine (G2 VRC Maribyrnong Plate) and One World (G3 VRC Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes).

Their dam Prawn Cocktail is an unraced half-sister to leading shuttler Royal Academy (Nijinsky) and breed-shaping Kentucky sire Storm Cat (Storm Bird).

Prawn Cocktail is also the dam of Lindsay Park filly Salivate (Encosta de Lago) who won her maiden at Geelong in August.