LAST CHANCE TO QUALIFY FOR SIRES STAKES FINAL
By Jeff Scott
t’s a case of all or nothing for Gemma Mac in Friday night’s $25,000 Alabar Sires Stakes Series Heat at Auckland.
After a bonus win in the $18,400 rating 54-60 It’ll Be Hot At Mac’s Potters Paddock December 13-14 Mobile Pace on the second night of the Inter Dominion series at Auckland on Tuesday, December 3, each start in the north is a Grand Final for the honest Kentuckiana Lodge filly.
She ran two solid fifths in her Sires Stakes Fillies Heat racing at Addington in October, but needs to finish closer in Friday’s final qualifying heat to ensure a place in the $150,000 Alabar Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Final on December 31.
Senior co-trainer, Cran Dalgety, says its been frustrating exercise trying to qualify both Gemma Mac and Dr Susan for the Sires’ Stakes Fillies Championship.
While both have enough ability to be competitive, they both need all favours to make their presence felt at the top level.
Last term, Gemma Mac ran third third to Amazing Dream and Tiffany Rose, in the Listed $146,250 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 2YO Fillies Final at Addington in May, and ran fifth to age group star Sweet On Me, Tiffany Rose, Amazing Dream and Little Miss Perfect, in the Group Two $75,000 Delightful Lady Classic at Auckland in March
Gemma Mac also has a shot at another Alexandra Park feature, the Group One $100,000 Peter Breckon Memorial Ladyship Stakes at Auckland on Friday week.
In Tuesday’s win, top driver Blair Orange rolled the Art Major-Imaginery Bet filly to the front and rated her to a nicety, winning by 2 1/4 lengths from solid late finisher Ferrrit’s Sister, in 2:41.5 (1:58.1 mile rate) for the 2200m.
She quickened over her last 800m in 57.7s and wasn’t seriously challenged over her final 400m in 29.3s.
This was her second win on end and her fourth in 15 starts, taking her earnings $50,443.
Gemma Mac, a 1:55.4 winning miler at two, is bred to keep getting better.
She’s a grand-daughter of nine-win mare, Imagine Me, a sister to Splendid Dreams, the dam of former Kentuckiana Lodge dual Australasian Grand Circuit champ Christen Me (1:49.1 & $2.6 million), while her third dam, Scuse Me (1:53.5) a former NZ mile record holder when winning a Taylor Mile, is now one of the most successful broodmares in the stud book.