FLYIN MILLY MAC LOWERS BEST MILE RATE
Lightly-raced mare Flyin Milly Mac lowered her best winning mile rate to 1:57.8 (over 1980m) in a $20,000 premier win for in-form driver Tim Williams at Addington last Friday (October 5).
Williams, who had driven mare for a luckless fourth at Oamaru at her previous outing, kicked off a four-win spree at the Addington premier meeting with the Kentuckiana Lodge mare.
His quartet of wins included the Inkwise Canterbury Classic with New Zealand Cup contender, Dream About Me, the younger half-sister to former Kentuckiana Lodge stable star, Christen Me, who won the Canterbury Classic five years ago.
Williams, who also won races at Invercargill on Saturday, and Timaru on Sunday, now leads the drivers premiership with 18 wins, one ahead of Matty Williamson.
Flyin Milly Mac, who kicked off the big Williams-winning weekend, was notching her third win in her last six starts, and her third win from 10 career starts.
“I was hoping she get a picket fence of wins going at Oamaru. We just had to wait a week,” said trainer Cran Dalgety.
“We’ve had a quiet start to the season but some of our flagship horses were back at the trials last week so they’re not far away from getting back to the races.”
Flyin Milly Mac’s well-timed finish to win in the rating 40-63 fillies and mares Christchurch Casino Mobile Pace came as no surprise.
Williams found a three-back trail on the outer from the seven gate, then switched her on the three-wide train, three back, beginning the last 800m.
She booted away to win easily from late finisher Immortal Change to the delight of North Canterbury owners, Gavin and Christine Bailey, and Sarah and Johnathon Wilson.
The Baileys’ have been long-time owners in the Dalgety stable.
They earlier raced Marvin Bailey, and half-brother Rudiani, to notch wins for the Cran Dalgety stable.
Flyin Milly Mac is the fourth to race and fourth individual winner for the qualified but unraced Another Sheila (Man Around Town-Smooth Sheila, by Smooth Fella-Parusa).
Another Sheila’s other smart winners are Eliminator (1:55.2, 21 wins & $155,033), (Im) The Intimidator (2:00.8, three wins) and former Kentuckiana Lodge winner, Waimac Attack (1:57.5, nine wins & $58,855).
Another Sheila is a half-sister to big Australian winner Smooth Crusa (1:57.3, 24 wins & $443,694), while their dam Smooth Sheila is a five-win half-sister to the former gritty Alister Kerslake-trained 1970s filly/mare, In Or Out, who numbered 12 wins including the 1975 New Zealand Oaks, and 1976 NZ Standardbred Breeders Stakes, at Addington.
This is also from the family of subsequent West Australian Derby winner, and Australasian Grand Circuit performer, Seel N Print (1:50.2, 27 wins & $676,568), a grandson of In Or Out’s five-win daughter Laudit.