Hithemhardsunshine is a gelding by What A Winter, out of the Trippi mare Agra. Purchased by the Hollywood Syndicate at the National Yearling Sales 2021, he was bred by Wilgerbosdrift.
Named By: Shaheen Shaw
Sex: Bay Gelding
Sire: What A Winter
Damsire: Trippi (USA)
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Previous Trainers: Eric Sands (left 12/02/2023); Stuart Pettigrew (28/08/2023)
Previous Name: Arctic Cloud
Purchased: National Yearling Sale, Day 2 2021
Pedigree: View here
The dam, AGRA, 5 wins, R324,255, at 2 to 3, 900 – 1100m, inc. Summer Juvenile Stakes, L, Milkwood Stakes, L, placed, inc. 2nd Southern Cross Stakes, Gr.2; dam of 2 previous foals; 2 runners; 2 winners inc.:
Mumtaz (15 f. by Visionaire (USA)): 2 wins, R150,300, at 3 to 4, 1000m, placed 7 times.
Super Agra (17 c. by Visionaire (USA)): winner, R43,750, at 2, 1200m, from only 3 starts.
UPDATES – Hithemhardsunshine
August 28th, 2023
He has gone into training with Alyson Wright.
May 7th, 2023
Raced over 1160m at Turffontein. Finished 9th out of 10 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He ran very poorly. He was scoped after the race and was full of mucus. That was the reason for his poor performance.
February 13th, 2023
Hithemhardsunshine arrived in JHB at Stuart Pettigrew on Saturday 11 February from Eric Sands in Cape Town. He travelled well, he will start his training in JHB with Stuart Pettigrew.
November 19th, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth in the Listed Sophomore Sprint. Finished 6th out of 11 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Disappointing effort. He did not go on with the run.
October 22nd, 2022
Raced over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth in the Non-Black Type Need For Speed Sprint. Finished 2nd out of 9 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good run after a long break, but was not given the best ride.
August 25th, 2022
He had a break out at Ridgemont, Wellington. He arrived back at Milnerton on the 19th June. He is now back in full work and from Eric’s work programme he is due to gallop on the 1st September. He currently has a merit raring of 107.
June 5th, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Kenilworth Listed Tab Somerset 1200. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good run, the winner was too good for him on the day. Richard Fourie said that he coughed after the race.
April 24th, 2022
295 – HITHEMHARDSUNSHINE makes it two from two in Race 4 over 1200m at Kenilworth Racecouse. He showed a good turn of foot under jockey Richard Fourie and the son of What A Winter is trained by Eric Sands.
Shaheen Shaw: “The voice is gone Sunshine. I went absolutely ballistic standing below Rouvaun in the commentary box. You know Hollywood have revitalised my interest in the sport. That’s what a lot of people don’t understand about them. It’s not just about gambling, they do a lot on the social responsibility front and that’s how I got involved with them.”
March 9th, 2022
282 – HITHEMHARDSUNSHINE wins on debut over 1000m at Durbanville Racecourse. He raced from just off the pace, quickened up well and won with authority. He is trained by Eric Sands and was given a confident ride by Richard Fourie. Well done to Shaheen Shaw who named the horse, and the whole Hollywoodbets Team that was oncourse to lead him in.