Hot and cold mare tipped to star
TRAINER Paddy Cunningham laughed when asked to describe his handy mare Getyourown, seeking back to back wins at Grafton today.
“When she’s good she’s good, when she’s bad, she can be real bad,” the local horseman said.
Getyourown, bred by Cunningham and raced by his wife Kay and friends Nancy Clarke and Rose Sloan, tackles the Australia Hotel South Grafton Benchmark 75 Handicap (1200m) with daughter, Kylie Cunningham in the saddle.
“A lot of people don’t like riding her trackwork,” Cunningham confessed. “She’s just one of those mares…moody.
“She can bite and other things but she’s been a good horse to us.”
By Waterford Road and the first foal of maiden winner Smart Dancer, Getyourown has recorded seven wins and two placing’s from 25 starts.
The five-year-old scored a smart last start three-and-a-quarter length win in a Benchmark 60 handicap (1200m) on her home track on March 2 third up from a spell.
However, that win came after she was barred by stewards after getting her leg over the barrier at Port Macquarie.
“The stewards made her trial,” Cunningham lamented. “She can still do a few things wrong, it’s always been the same, a lot of horses from that sire (Waterford Road) are the same, but she does go pretty good.
“The sting should be out of the track tomorrow which she likes.
“We’re hoping she can go good and onto better things.”
Getyourown will carry 54kg and her job has been made easier with the scratching of the Trent Greentree-trained Graciosa, saved for the Country Cup at Newcastle on Wednesday with Glen Boss to ride.
Greentree, based at Coffs Harbour has four solid chances on the nine event program including Tier.
The ex-Darley owned filly debuts for Greentree with the aid of a couple of lucky charms.
The three-year-old, raced by Sydney-based Terry Carr, steps out in the Bettortrader Maiden (1100m).
Previously trained by Peter Snowden for Sheikh Mohammed, Tier will be out to continue an amazing strike rate Greentree has enjoyed with horses from the same background.
“Through Trevor Lobb (Darley bloodstock manager) I’ve had about half a dozen horses and all have won for us,” Greentree said.
Greentree’s other luck charm is Carr.
“Terry is one of my major clients,” Greentree said. “He’s been a luck owner.
“The first horse he ever raced was Patezza who won a Doncaster (2005) and close to a couple of million dollars.”
The Quest For Fame filly was runner-up to Fates at Wyong on debut in December.
She then backed that up with a 3.3 lengths fifth to Ollein Blaze at Kembla Grange on January 2.