GEMMA MAC WINS WYNDHAM MILE IN 1:55.4
Gemma Mac furthered a successful Wyndham campaign for the Cran Dalgety stable with a Southland two-year-old pacing filly track record mile win in 1:55.4 on Sunday, February 3.
The win smashed the long-standing previous Southland record for a juvenile filly, Jumpforjoy’s 1:56.5 at Winton nine years ago.
Gemma Mac was also well inside the Wyndham track mark for a two-year–old filly of 1:56.8, set by Bootie Bromac, six years ago.
The Art Major filly backed up a strong debut mile run against the older maidens on Thursday by again improving in the open for Tim Williams and proving too strong for four other two-year-old fillies on Sunday.
Gemma Mac ran clear to win by two lengths in the Marshalls Garage/Salthouse Curio Bay Mobile Pace.
A $41,000 yearling from the sales 12 months ago, she’s from the family of former Kentuckiana Lodge stand-out and Grand Circuit champ, Christen Me (1:49.1).
The filly is also from the family of NZ Cup-winning mare Adore Me (1:47.7), and Auckland Cup winners, top mare mare Dream About Me, and Have Faith In Me (1:47.7).
Offered at last year’s sales by Southland breeders, Taffy Ltd, Gemma Mac is the first to race and first winner for her unraced dam Imaginery Bet, a daughter of champion sire Bettor’s Delight and good mare Imagine Me (p3, 1:56.9, nine wins & $247,175).
Imagine Me was the runner-up to Joyfulyjoy in the Group One 2009 Harness Jewels 3YO Diamond at Ashburton, won in 1:54.4, and also third to Lauraella in both the Addington May Group Ones, the NZ Oaks and Nevele R Fillies Final.
She is a Dream Away sister to Splendid Dreams (dam of Christen Me, Dream About Me, Hands Christian, Aliante, Splendid Bet and Accumulator), and half-sister to Adore Me and Have Faith In Me.
Imagine Me is from former NZ mile record-holder, Scuse Me (1:53.5).
Durrant, a brother to Gemma Mac and half-brother to the qualified Brendon Hill prepared three-year-old Cullens Bet (by Christian Cullen), is being offered at the NZ Bloodstock Standardbred Sale in Christchurch later this month.
The five members of the Kentuckiana Lodge team taken south by Murray Howard and Alana Cameron all raced solidly at the two-day Wyndham meeting.
First day debut maiden winner Flame Lady (3f Raging Bull-Bloss’s Flame, by Live Or Die-Blossom Lady), also backed up strongly on Sunday with a late closing second.
Shuffled four back on the markers when favourite Major Sass worked to the front a lap out, Flame Lady didn’t leave the markers in the run home for driver Tim Williams, storming through late but three-quarters of a length from the winner.
The Paul Court-trained Major Sass (3f Art Major-Wicklow Heather) was completing a double for the meeting, pacing the 2400m (stand) in 3:03 and quickening over her last 800m in 56.3s.
Flame Lady, raced by Cran’s father Jim Dalgety, rallied strongly on Thursday after being left parked until the 1000m, then powering home for Tim Williams to win in 2:57.2 (a 1:58.8 mile rate) for the mobile 2400m.
Tara Bromac, fourth to Flame Lady on Thursday after working wide from the second row to be parked at the 1000m, went close on Sunday.
A hot favourite, the Bettor’s Delight-Te Amo Bromac filly worked out from three back across the top to lead turning for home.
However, she was worn down late by a head by the Hamish Hunter-trained Mach Three filly, Whiskyinthejar, who won in a useful 2:58.3 for the mobile 2400m.
Donegal Mary Francis ran two thirds, and London Delight, fought on for fifth on both days, in their up to rating 59 races.