Mark Johnston has come explosively out of the 2yo traps this year, much as he did last year. He had the first 2yo winner on Friday and followed that up with 2 winners on Saturday. So three 2yo races in the UK and all three won by the Middleham stable. Equally remarkable has been that the two winners at Kempton on Saturday were by the same sire. It gets even more surprising that that sire is a first season sire and his name is HELMET. A few words on this forum has had a few new sires mentioned with Frankel being top of the list. Helmet was mentioned as a new sire but never picked up as being a contender for First Season Sire champion: I'm sure he was considered an also ran against the likes of Frankel, Harbour Watch, Power and Sir Prancealot. It is of course stupid to announce victory at this point but I can tell you for a FSS to get a winner this early is surprising but to get two is almost unknown. Not only that but the manner of their victories made one sit up and take notice. I'll leave Cyc to tell us more about Helmet as he's an Aussie import. I'll just say he was a damn good 3yo winning 3 Group 1s and staying 8f without problems. He was also a pretty good 2yo winning 3 out of 4 starts over 6f. His first winner was the filly Boater. She started awkwardly but soon asserted herself and came home clear by 7 lengths. In the next race her stablemate Chupalla started better and she won comfortably by 6 lengths. Unsurprisingly Helmet is from the Danehill line being a son of the excellent Aussie champion Exceed and Excel. His dam (by Singspiel) and grandam (by Mill Reef) were both unraced. Going back a generation more you get Anna Paola who just happened to be the champion German filly of her generation and it is fascinating to see that she was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed and sent to Mill Reef, apeing the thinking of the late Leslie Harrison who bought tough German mares for the Plantation Stud and sent them to Mill Reef line sires: the results were Slip Anchor, Fame and Glory and Legatissimo. From then on it's a German line for several generations and these German lines are tough. These two winners may not be champions but they should definitely improve and stay further. Both appeared grown women amongst girls on Saturday and given the new 2yo programme could have a string of wins against their names by early Summer. Keep an eye on the first Johnston 2yo winner though: Sutter County (also owned by Sheikh Hamadan as are the two above) won by 9 lengths and looked to have even more scope than the above.