Cool’s unlikely spring path
McEvoy mare makes long journey from WA paddock to Classic
LATE bloomer Cool Passion could easily have been nursing a foal in a paddock somewhere at present but will instead line-up with genuine chance of winning tomorrow’s Group 1 VRC Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington.
It was the intervention of pedigree analyst Jane Henning that set Cool Passion on an unlikely journey that saw her cross the Nullabor, win a Group 3 at Caulfield, and now put hand up in one of the most prestigious mares races on calendar.
Henning, founder of Pedigree Dynamics, has designed the matings that resulted in Group 1 winners including Golden Slipper winner Belle Du Jour, classic
Macedon Lady and He’s No Pie Eater as well as Sydney Cup winner Mr Prudent.
“I have been buying horses for Cool Passion’s original owner, Michael MacDermott for about 12 years,” Henning explained.
“I bought Cool Passion’s dam, Hiavanna in foal to Fastnet Rock for Michael and did the mare’s next three matings – one of those was to Not A Single Doubt that produced Cool Passion. Michael took the mare and another one of her foals, plus Passion who was a two-year- old at the time back to his property in WA.
“He left the horses out in the paddock and due to his ill health, didn’t worry about doing much with them for ages. Cool Passion
get broken in until she was rising four and she didn’t come into work until was a fouryear- old,” Henning said.
“Michael called me few months ago and asked if I had been following Cool Passion who was racing in WA which of course I had been. She ran some good races over there, she a huge race in a Group 3 Prince of Wales Stakes won by Rock Magic – she had wide run and actually beat Vega Magic home.
“Michael was interested in see- ing the mare race in the Eastern States but his health wasn’t good enough at the time so he asked if I’d like to sell her for him.
“I approached good friends and clients of mine – John and Anne McDonnell who were in Sebring and Fiorente suggested they buy the mare as a racing and breeding proposition which they did.
“John said ‘we can hear the excitement in your voice Jane so let’s do it.’
The McDonnell’s invited an eager Henning and husband Dik Balian to come in on the racing ownership which they were only too happy do.
Cool Passion was transferred to Tony McEvoy and after a luckless 10th of 13 at Balaklava, it’s been a rapid rise for the now sixyear- old.
A win in the Group 3 Northwood Plume on October 14 was backed-up seven days later with a nose second in the Group 2 VRC Tristarc Stakes (1400m) behind Myer rival Global Glamour.
“She’s just gone from strength to strength which is fantastic,” Henning says. “Tony is very bullish about her, he thinks we haven’t found the bottom of her yet.”
Global Glamour (left) beating Cool Passion during their last clash in the Tristarc Stakes.
Dik Balian and Jane Henning. Pic Nina Hanley.