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Hell Follows breaks through on Cup Day

If one word perfectly sums up the ownership group of Hellbent mare Hell Follows, it would be patient. Closely followed, perhaps by persistence. She rewarded that group, many of them first-time owners, with a win on Australia's biggest day of racing, Melbourne Cup Day, although at Royal Bairnsdale.

Hell Follows, TBB Racing, Shane Nichols Racing, Hellbent
Image Courtesy of Racing Photos

It was the first success in the stable for the TBB Racing Colours, a syndicate management group in its infancy.

"We are operating in our third year now, and this is the first horse we set up with and got many friends, family and work colleagues involved in," TBB's Todd Blum said.

"It was always something I wanted to do, and I had been racing horses with Shane for some time after working in the stable not long after he moved from the Yarra Valley.

"I was speaking to Shane about setting up a racing group, and as always, he was very supportive. He had bought some yearlings from Spendthrift Farm and said, 'There are three there; pick which one you like the most and see how much you get done.'

"I decided on the Hellbent filly that was effectively a three-quarter-sister to Miss Leonidas, and away we went. It's great to get a win with the stable in the colours finally."

It was a patient build-up to her race debut, and the group were pleasantly surprised with the performance she put in. A placing on debut was above expectations, and she's hardly run a bad race since.

"Nice to get a win on the board for this group," Shane Nichols said.

"She will progress from that. We will just be selective with her and pick a mark. Off the back of that win, she has a few more in her.

The four-year-old was ridden brilliantly by Paul Gatt, who has a win and a second placing on the mare. In total, Hell Follows has a win and two placings from her nine race starts.


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