Lady Lynette confirmed her status as Tasmanian’s best and most popular racehorse when she cruised home in today’s listed Eliza Park Vamos Stakes (1400m) at Mowbray.
Sent out a red hot favourite after a barnstorming first up win in the recent Bow Mistress Stakes, Lady Lynette finished too strongly in the straight to beat Sydney visitor Princess Quality by three quarters of a length.
The $1.40 chance didn’t have everything her own way, but her quality came through and in the end she won with a decisive margin. It was three lengths back to the third placegetter Winged Charm.
Co-trainer Scott Brunton was confident of success – but wary when many punters felt their stable star was a “moral.”
“Everyone was telling us heading to the races – you can’t get beaten, you can’t get beaten,” Brunton commented. “But that could be the worst thing you could do mate.”
“They went slow and the other horse (Princess Quality) sprinted up quick.”
“She (Lady Lynette) has done a great job though. She is a top miler and she was second up over the 1400.”
“She hasn’t done anything glamourous – but she’s never done that in her life.”
“She’s been a great mare to our family,” he added. “It puts a smile on my mum’s face.”
“For the first three years of her life we had to put a towel over her head to get a bridle on – but she’s a great horse to deal with around the stables now.”
“She’s a real sweetheart now.”
“We’ll go to the Blamey (Stakes) now in Melbourne,” Brunton added and then said the Group Two Sunline Stakes where the mare is unbeaten over the mile trip would be on her agenda.
The win was a special one for Michael Guthrie – who has built up a great rapport with the mare and was delighted to win a feature race aboard the daughter of Ladoni.
“It’s probably more of a relief now,” Guthrie reported. “I always thought she was going to be hard to beat.”
“She travelled really, really strong. The sit and sprint probably didn’t suit her. But she got the job done and she’s just a good mare.”
“I always knew I had the other horse covered. She usually hits a flat spot in the straight of her races, but then she responds and gets the job done late.”
“We didn’t win by five, but we got the chocolates and that is very good.”
“I’ve done a lot of work with her and David and Scott Brunton have done a lot of work with me and it’s been a great team effort. But I’m just rapt it’s over.”
With the win Lady Lynette pushed her stakes earnings past the three quarters of a million barrier – sitting at $753,333 from her 12 wins from just 34 starts.
She has turned out a magnificent investment for connections after being purchased for just $13,000 from the Armidale Stud draft at the 2006 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale.
As well as the $60,000 plus in prizemoney, the connections of the winner also won a service to leading Eliza Park based sire Statue of Liberty – sire of gun sprinter Hay List.
Lady Lynette is from the top producing Armidale Stud mare Queen’s Own.
Her full brother was purchased by Victorian based trainer Mark Webb for $50,000 at yesterday’s 2011 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale at the nearby Inveresk Showgrounds.
Winner: Lady Lynette (Ladoni-Queen’s Own)
Race: TTC Vamos Stakes LR (1400m)
Sold for: $13,000
Sale: 2006 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale
Vendor: Armidale Stud
Buyer: Whispering Sands
Owner(s): Mrs JM Brunton, Mrs DK Hermans, Mr G Mitchell, Mrs JM Triffitt, Mr BJ Triffitt, Ms LL Palmen, Mr SK Brunton & Miss R Svensson
Trainer: David & Scott Brunton (Seven Mile Beach)