National record for Fiery Mountain Girl

By Duane Ranger

The Motukarara-based father/daughter combination of Craig and Aimee Edmonds claimed their second New Zealand record at Alexandra Park last Friday night.

Fourth favourite Fiery Mountain Girl trotted the Mitavite sponsored C1-C2 third race in 2:51.1 – breaking Dolly Would’s 2011 New Zealand standing start record for 3yo trotters by 0.1 of a second.

It was the Sundon filly’s first look at Alexandra Park and she had a head and a head to spare over fellow South Islanders and place-getters Barry (Blair Orange) and Pyramid Monarch (Brad Williamson). The chestnut paid $9.80 to win.

Her winning mile rate was 2:05.1 and she paced her final 800m and 400m sectionals in 60.3 and 31 even.

Co-trainer Aimee Edmonds was delighted with the victory saying the horse nicknamed ‘Little Ruby’ was starting to mature as a racehorse.

“Every time we have asked her to take the next step up she has done it with ease.

“We were so proud of what she achieved especially first-up at Alexandra Park. She’s now probably our second ranked horse behind Kincaslough,” said Edmonds who currently has eight in work with her father.

Kincaslough was favourite in the fifth event last Friday and uncharacteristically broke and finished a 123-length last.

However, she Kincaslough is still very special to the Edmonds and Aimee was quick to remind HRNZ that 5-year-old Love You mare was still a joint New Zealand record holder.

Kincaslough, Habibti, and Dr Hook in fact share the national 2600m standing start record of 3:16.7.

Edmonds said Fiery Mountain Girl would race at Alexandra Park next Friday in a C2 and C3 Trot before heading home for the New Zealand Oaks and most probably the New Zealand Derby.

“I know the Derby will be a big ask but I think if she can do a decent job in the Oaks then she deserves a start in the Derby. Like I said earlier we have been so pleased with the way she has tackled everything that has been thrown at her so far,” the 28-year-old Canterbury horsewoman said.

Fiery Mountain Girl is owned by the Australian-based company, Yabby Dam Farms Ltd – aka Pat Driscoll of Sydney.

“Pat has been awesome for our stable. He is very particular when it comes to breeding. In fact his breed is impeccable and it’s a pleasure to race horses for him.

“We met him through Frank Marrion. Frank had known him for years and brought him to our place about three years ago. Pat has a few horses with us including Kincaslough,” Edmonds said.

Fiery Mountain Girl was bred by Dave Smith and Mrs M. R. Howell-Smith. She has now won two of her four starts and $14,893 in stakes.