Two starters for two winners
NZ HARNESS NEWS
Trainer Regan Todd kicked off what could be a successful Christmas-New Year week with two starters for two winners on Friday night.
First Class Lady recorded her fourth win in seven races for Todd when she won the last race at Addington’s twilight meeting.
Later, Missandei bolted away at Auckland for her second win since also joining Todd’s beach stable this season.
First Class Lady was primarily bought as a broodmare by Woodlands Stud given her pedigree.
But, she’s been making a very good fist of being a racehorse lately.
She is raced on lease by the stud with Andy Ellis and Kieran Read.
First Class Lady is a four-year-old by Artsplace and is the second foal from the smart Christian Cullen mare Timeless Perfection.
She was looking like she could be anything when she won five of her first six races for breeder Robert Famularo and trainer Brendon Hill.
Timeless Perfection later went amiss, but she was certainly the best filly foal from Sirius Flight, a smart filly herself in America from the brilliant Pacific Flight.
She also produced the well-performed Malak Uswaad (9 NZ wins, US1.49.4).
Woodlands bought First Class Lady at the Premier Sale for $52,000, no doubt with Bettor’s Delight in mind.
But she wasn’t really getting anywhere after half a dozen races under Barry Purdon last season.
“She came to me earlier this year with no soundness issues and I think they just wanted to try a change of scenery,” Todd said.
“They’d had some earlier luck doing the same thing with me with Spirit Of Delight.”
That daughter of Bettor’s Delight, also raced by Woodlands with Ellis and Read, joined Todd last year as a maiden after being with the Telfer & Garlick stable.
She won four races, including a heat of the Southern Belle series at Winton on New Year’s Eve and the final there in April in 1.55.2.
That is the exact same course that First Class Lady will now follow.
Sam Ottley won for the third time on First Class Lady last night and the only time they have been beaten together was when they finished third in the Futurity on Show Day.
That was after Ottley had initially parted company with First Class Lady during a very eventful false start to the race.
Todd lines up three good chances at Ashburton on Sunday in Agent West, Ready To Bloom and Splash Cola.
Next week, he will be heading south rather than going to the West Coast.
“Robbie Close and Sam are going to the Coast as they have a lot of drives there, but I’ll be holding the fort at home.
“Robbie’s actually been in Auckland looking after Missandei and she’ll stay on for the mile at Cambridge and the National Trot.
“We were very happy with her going into the Lyell Creek but she galloped behind the mobile, so we made some changes.”
Like many, Todd has been a fan of the “addictive” Game of Thrones series and he just wishes Aaron White would pronounce Missandei’s name correctly.
Anyone who saw the character in the series would know to pronounce it ‘Miss Sandy’.