Thoroughbred mare Sweet Caroline (5 Ch. M. Lake Coniston – Minori Express) is currently thriving while racing in-foal, as she racked up another win on Friday at Otaki, in the Rating 80 $40,000 Falkirk at Windsor Park Stud over 1400 metres.
Co-trainer Paul Moroney had referred to her being in-foal to Waikato Stud freshman stallion Fast ‘N’ Famous (Redoute’s Choice – Zalinda) when she won two starts ago at Te Rapa on January 23, and suggested she could be carrying his first winner.
Sweet Caroline had little go her way in the Wairarapa Breeders Stakes, a listed race for fillies and mares, at Tauherenikau at her previous start when she was held up at the rear of the field passing the 600 metres, but to her credit she found the line wide on the track to finish only four lengths from the winner, promising mare Pams Pompallier (Volksraad).
It is not uncommon for mares to display their best career form while in-foal, and Sweet Caroline is no exception, as she has now won two of her last three starts and presented in magnificent order for this assignment.
After travelling beautifully in the trail, rider Craig Grylls angled Sweet Caroline into the clear on the outside of the leader early in the home straight. She accelerated to the lead, established a winning break, and was allowed to ease near the line for an impressive victory.
The Raymond Connors trained mare Our Sista (Cape Cross) came out of the pack with a strong finish for second, in her first start since a freshen, and the strongly supported Trudy Tee (Chief Bearhart) made considerable ground from back in the field for third, on a good track that generally assisted those racing near the pace.
The margins were half a length, by two lengths, and a long neck, in a fast time of 1:21.58.
Bred and owned by Llanhennock Trust for Des Hawkins at Wentwood Grange, Sweet Caroline is trained by Mike and Paul Moroney at Matamata.v
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