Hello M’Lady gets into that win­ning groove

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - DEN­NIS RYAN

‘‘We've al­ways known she was pretty smart but it was get­ting a bit frus­trat­ing with all those plac­ings.’’

Vicki Pren­der­gast’s pa­tience was wear­ing thin un­til re­cently, but now she’s all smiles as her tal­ented filly Hello M’Lady has found the win­ning groove.

A month ago Hello M’Lady ended a run of mi­nor plac­ings be­tween her and sta­ble­mate Bat­tle Royal when she cleared maiden grade at Ro­torua and on Sat­ur­day she was back at the same venue to add a $20,000 spe­cial con­di­tions maiden race with the same im­pres­sive ease.

Hello M’Lady’s first 10 starts had pro­duced four sec­ond plac­ings and other close fin­ishes in black type races such as the Bonecrusher Stakes (sec­ond), Wan­ganui Guineas (third), Great North­ern Foal Stakes (fourth) and Welling­ton Stakes (fifth), while Bat­tle Royal has fin­ished sec­ond four times and third once.

‘‘This is a way bet­ter sport when you’re win­ning,’’ was Vicki’s first re­ac­tion af­ter Hello M’Lady had scored on Sat­ur­day in the hands of Cameron Lam­mas. ‘‘We’ve al­ways known she was pretty smart but it was get­ting a bit frus­trat­ing with all those plac­ings.’’

Vicki has had a per­mit to train li­cence for two years, hav­ing de­cided to add that to her ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties with showjumpers and event­ing horses when she and her hus­band Mike re­lo­cated from Manawaru to Matamata.

With the help­ful as­sis­tance of lo­cal cou­ple Hamish and Karyn McQuade, she has honed her thor­ough­bred con­di­tion­ing skills and is now look­ing for­ward to work­ing the tal­ented daugh­ter of Rich Hill Stud stal­lion Shock­ing through the grades.

‘‘I’d re­ally like to get her rat­ing points up and then maybe looks at a good race with her,’’ Vicki says.

Cameron Lam­mas salutes the judge af­ter Hello M’Lady com­pleted a Ro­torua dou­ble for rookie trainer Vicki Pren­der­gast.

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