Bred for success? Will Charlie ascend to the throne
Charlie Hills began his new career in supreme style when sending out his first runner to an impressive victory at Kempton Park on Monday, and William Hill have priced-up a number of specials surrounding the changing of the guard at Faringdon Place.
Charlie Hills, son of legendary trainer Barry Hills, took over the reins at the famous stables just two days ago, when Hills senior - handler of 50 Group One winners - retired on Saturday.
William Hill make it a 10-1 chance that Charlie emulates his legendary Dad by training a Group One winner in UK or Ireland in 2012, and 4-6 that he manages to notch-up 50 winners in his first full year (Jan to Dec) as trainer. William Hill also offer odds of 20-1 that Charlie notches-up a century in 2012 - a feat last achieved by Barry Hills in 2006.
Charlie Hills is also a 12-1 chance to bag the William Hill Lincoln next March - a race that financed his Father's first steps into training after an epic gamble on Frankincense was landed in the 1968 running.
Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: ''Charlie Hills has been a significant part of Faringdon Place for many years now and has clearly served his apprenticeship with aplomb. We have little doubt that he will bring further glory to this dynasty of achievers.''
CHARLIE HILLS SPECIALS
4-6 To train 50 winners in his first full season
10-1 Charlie Hills to train a British or Irish Group One winner
12-1 Charlie Hills to train the Lincoln winner
20-1 To Train 100 winners in his first full season