Well, I’ve never before owned a racehorse which has made it to the races at the early age of two, so little Australian Livia de Gerolstein is a bit of a landmark in my racing career.
After her useful, strongly-finishing fourth on debut at Ballarat, this week she was entered for the Kevin Egan 2yo pace at Maryborough. Unfortunately, she drew nastily – nine out of ten, number two on the second line – but in the end it doesn’t seem to have mattered. Chris Lang jr, her driver, got her into the one-one position – behind the pacemaking hot favourite -- with a lap to go, and once again she ran on splendidly in the home straight. There was no catching the leader/winner, which had stacked up the field nicely and was never challenged, but Livia – pacing rather better than on her first outing -- was closing strongly on the second horse (which had had the trail all the way) at the line, and finishing better than anything else in the race.
The icing on this rather tasty cake came with the announcement of the time. These babies had moved along, running a mile rate of 2 mins 00.9 with a final quarter in 28.4. So I think that we have got ourselves rather a nice filly. Watch this space .. or the Victorian TAB!
STOP PRESS: A gutsy led-and-run-down race by Ténor at Lisieux .. finished fourth (for which, over here, he gets cashwise five times what Livia did for her third). Seems my babes are pretty much up and in there .. long may it continue!