She's a little racer alright – and a beauty at that! Hawkesbury’s Bronwyn Mackie brought off a splendid training performance at Port Macquarie on Tuesday, keeping her pocket dynamo My Little Racer’s unbeaten record intact in the process.
She also provided Hawkesbury with its ninth success (two at home on Thursday, another double on Canberra’s synthetic track on Friday, a Saturday treble including a black type triumph at Doomben, and a Scone winner on Monday) in the last six days. My Little Racer also was the 99th winner prepared at Hawkesbury since January 1.
Despite not having raced since her debut success at Taree on April 7 in a 1000m Maiden when a $41 chance, Mackie had My Little Racer primed to make it two from two with a spirited display in the Benchmark 56 Handicap (1008m), stamping herself as an above average filly.
Former South Australian apprentice Brandon Griffiths, now indentured to Mackie, stole the race from under the nose of runner-up Flick Pass ($26). Griffiths took My Little Racer ($6.50) to the extreme outside on straightening, and the rising four-year-old sustained a spirited burst to nab Flick Pass on the post. Track specialist Kelsha Begs ($4.50 favorite) was third.
Mackie has every reason to be proud of her “girl”, whom she bred by mating her mare Zaracer (who easily won a Canberra Maiden in 2011 and also notched five minor placings before being retired) with Eavesdropper. Because of My Little Racer’s small stature, she has taken her time with the filly and did not push her as a two-year-old.
“I gave her a little break after she won first-up at Taree,” Mackie said. “She does everything right and is an absolute professional.”
Mackie also was effusive about her “fabulous team”, which includes Griffiths and his partner, fellow apprentice Chelsea Ings: “Chelsea rode My Little Racer in her work leading up to her Taree win, and unfortunately is injured at present, so Brandon has stepped in,” she said.
This was Griffiths’ second win since relocating to NSW and relaunching his career last month. He looks certain to attract more opportunities in the coming months.
Hawkesbury trainers won nine of the 21 barrier trials at a huge session conducted on Tuesday morning on the inside grass. Successful were Brad Widdup (Junglized and Schnapps), Scott Singleton (Partners and Jay ‘N’ Ava), Garry White (Lady Chalfont and Brown Thomas), Garry Frazer (Identic), Mitch Newman (On The Nod) and Team Vigouroux (Lettre D’Amour).