Baucke gets biggest win of his career

By Garrick Knight

A planned trip north has been abandoned for bonny Invercargill mare I’mallaboutthebase after her boilover win in the slush at Addington on Friday night.

Thanks to a plum Tim Williams drive, she scooted up the passing lane to take out the PGG Standardbred $40,000 Uncut Gems Mares Classic at better than $28.

For her trainer, Steve Baucke, the win came as a huge surprise and it gave him the biggest win of his 10-year training career.

“I wasn’t expecting to win, probably just hoping for a top five finish from the draw.

“But the winning of the race was at the start, when Tim managed to end up three back on the fence from a wide draw.

“That was a great bit of driving.”

Those more favoured runners back in the field struggled to make up any ground in the inclement conditions, so with fellow roughies Flyin Milly Mac and Naiya Franco filling the minors, a $7162 trifecta was posted.

“I didn’t have a dollar on her, either,” lamented Baucke.

“The wife had five to place but that was it.

“It doesn’t matter though - we were just so happy to get the win. It was a big thrill.”

Baucke had made plans to send the daughter of Shadow Play north to Auckland trainer Ray Green for a winter preparation, much like he did last winter with her recently-retired older half-sister, Delight My Soul.

“We had been thinking about sending her up north after this race, but I think after winning this race, she can go home and have a bit of a holiday now.

“We’ll get her back up and going next season, when I think she’ll finally be at her strongest.”

I’mallaboutthebase has been a good earner for Baucke and his wife, Carol, this season, winning three races and placing five times for stakes on the verge of $40,000.

She’s best when driven with cover and that often mean she looks unlucky when going back from a wide or second line draw.

“She likes it in front, but when she does a bit of work, she can’t go with them that last quarter.

“When she’s driven for luck, she’s always up close and in the finish.”

Baucke bred I’mallaboutthebase out of the In the Pocket mare Soleil D’or, whose second dam is breeding great, Black Watch.

“Alabar owned her at the time and she was in the mixed sale catalogue.

“Cran Dalgety had just paid $75,000 for a Bettor’s Delight filly out of her, and I had just sold Belkmyster at the yearling sales for thirty-odd thousand.

“So, I used some of that money to buy her, in foal to Santanna Blue Chip.”

That first filly never amounted to anything but Baucke’s first venture in to breeding her turned up Delight My Soul (Bettor’s Delight).

“She went through the sale ring but the highest bid was less than the service fee, so I took her home.”

Delight My Soul would go on to win seven races and $85,000, but by the time she did, Baucke had already on-sold Soleil D’or.

“It took her 18 starts to win a race and when another filly (I’mallabouthebase) dropped, I decided to sell the mare.

“That was her fifth filly foal in a row and as a breeder you just get hammered by fillies.

“I put her in foal to Auckland Reactor and sold her. That foal turned out to be a colt.”

Baucke has no regrets though – the venture gave him two high-quality mares to breed on, but not before a little more fun on the race track.

“They said last night there is a similar race for mares at Addington on Show Day.

“She’s not up to the Elle Macs of this world, but she’s shown now she’s competitive with that next grade down.”

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