Lady Cherokee remains unbeaten

NZ HARNESS NEWS

Lady Cherokee justified her trainer’s hunch with another tough win, at Alexandra Park on Friday night.

Earlier this week, her trainer, Todd Mitchell, nominated her for the $150,000 Northern Oaks on the same track in a fortnight’s time.

Tonight’s win, at her third start, kept her unbeaten record in tact after two tidy wins in easier company at Cambridge.

Mitchell said the daughter of Sir Lincoln has continued to improve and will now get her chance against the better ones of her sex in a fortnight’s time.

“The only reason I really threw her in was because Princess Tiffany isn’t coming up for it.

“Bubbled Up will be hard to beat, and so will Barry’s filly (Belle Of Montana), but I reckon she’ll hold her own.”

It was a brave effort to win; she moved round three-wide to parked at the 1400m mark and had to sit there for the next lap.

Mitchell asked her for a supreme effort at the furlong and she responded, defying the finish of Best Western, who had been on her back.

“She only goes when you ask her to go, and if you ask her for more, she gives you more.

“She picked up again tonight when I thought she was all done.”

Lady Cherokee is the first Sir Lincoln that Mitchell has trained, but certainly won’t be the last.

“She’s the first one, and I’ve got a full sister that goes alright, too.

“I wouldn’t mind a few more of them.

“I had their older brother, Cherokee Warrior (4 wins), but he was a bit one-paced.

“She’s a different type to him all together.”

It’s been a quiet 18 months on the training front for Mitchell, but in Lady Cherokee and The Coordinator, he has two exciting prospects.

“I haven’t got many at the races, but the few I have I really like.

“Even though he sat parked and ran second last week, I was actually a little disappointed with The Coordinator.

“He’s a really nice horse.”

Mitchell was to salute two races later behind One Yankee Son, trained by Bernie Hackett and Michelle Wallis.

Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s All Stars stable won both races they contested on the night with Virgil and Sweet On Me victorious.

Both were noteworthy, for similar reasons.

Virgil, who sold for $150,000 as a yearling at the mixed bloodstock sale at Karaka in June, became his sire Sweet Lou’s first New Zealand winner when coming up the passing lane to win for Tony Cameron.

Two races later, Sweet On Me’s win was momentous because her mum is former champion racemare Adore Me.

She’s her first foal, and it was her first start, and she was also by Sweet Lou.

Andrew Grierson, head of Woodlands Stud, which stands Sweet Lou and bred Virgil, was on course to witness both wins and went home understandably thrilled.

The Stud will offer eight Sweet Lou progeny at the Karaka yearling sale on Monday.

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