Patience is a key virtue for owners and trainers to possess and Whiplash Willie’s connections are certainly very patient.
A son of the stallion Phoenix Reach and mare Santa Isobel, who won a Listed race and finished eleventh in the 2001 Oaks for Robert Hitchins, the late father of owners Steven and Jeremy Hitchins, Whiplash Willie won a two-year-old maiden in late 2010 and the following year developed into a useful handicapper.
However, he never had the best of legs and, after a career best second place in the Melrose Stakes at York in August 2011, it was another 33 months before his next visit to a racecourse.
That resulted in a handicap victory at Salisbury on May 4th 2014 and three weeks later he contested his first Group race, finishing third to Brown Panther in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown.
Unsuitable fast ground meant that further patience had to be employed before, three months on, he chased home Big Orange in a Listed handicap at Chester.
September 12th 2014 saw his QIPCO British Champions Series debut. And a very fine debut it was too, as he beat all but the hot favourite, Estimate, in the Group 2 Socialites Electric Cigarettes Doncaster Cup. He then went for the Group 1 Prix du Cadran on Arc Day and finished a fine fourth.
He was fourth again in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup.