"Electric" Folklore retired from race track
By Dave Di Somma, Harness News Desk
Iain Wilson fair beams with pride when discussing his mighty mare Folklore.
"She's exceptional," he says, "and she has given us a great ride."
But now after 13 wins from 78 starts and $185,355, the Sportswriter seven-year-old has been retired from racing, and will soon be heading to the breeding barn.
"She's the best I've had," says the Winton-based Wilson, who owns Folklore along with his wife Nola, "and we've had a great run with her."
Her last race was a seventh in Auckland on May 26. Folklore's trademark was her speed, especially when saved for one run - "she was electric".
The Wilsons acquired Folklore five years ago.
"We bought her as an unbroken two-year-old in the paddock and we knew that if she didn’t make it on the track that we would have a well bred broodmare," says Wilson, "and I liked her name and the fact she was out of Turkana."
Turkana (Christian Cullen - Kisumu) was a six race winner in her own right. Bred by Brian West at Studholme Bloodstock , Folklore was her eighth and most successful foal.
Folklore had just three starts with one placing as a three-year-old with her busiest and most successful season being her five-year-old season in 2021 when she had five wins in 37 starts.
"As a three-year-old she was too big, she was a tall mare who lightened up with racing," says Wilson.
Of her 13 wins - from Alexandra Park in the north to Ascot Park in the deep south - Wilson rates the Group 2 Premier Mares Championship at Addington on January 27 this year as the best.
“Folklore showed her true worth that night, we were very excited after the win,” Wilson said.
Paying $44 for the win, Folklore dealt to a field that included the likes of Manhattan and Allamericanlover, by more than six lengths.
Folklore's trainer Jonny Cox drove the mare in the vast majority of her starts. There's a close connection between the two families, Jonny Cox's mother Dorothy is Nola Wilson's sister.
"Jonny and (partner) Kim (Butt) have been amazing with the horse, they have treated her like a pet."
Folklore will be a hard act to follow and after getting some much earned down time she will start her new life as a broodmare.
Wilson is not giving much away as to his stallion of choice, except to say he has consulted West among other people and he has a shortlist.
"She's earned the right to go to the best."