Thee Auld Floozie kept her impeccable record at Tauranga intact when she made it three from three at the Gate Pa venue with a comfortable victory over 1600 metres yesterday.
The high-class daughter of Mastercraftsman came into the Crockford Real Estate sponsored contest off the back of a disappointing performance in the Gr. 2 Rich Hill Mile on New Year’s Day, where she finished well back on the rain-affected Ellerslie track.
Trainer Stephen Marsh was confident the mare could bounce back on better ground and he was proved right as she cruised home to beat highly regarded rivals Massofdash and Saavoya in a comfortable 1:36.13 for the 1600-metre journey.
“Her form leading into Ellerslie had been first class and we were expecting a big run from her in the Rich Hill,” Marsh said.
“Once the rain came it really put paid to her chances and I did consider scratching her that day, although we ended up going around.
“She had worked well since then so I thought if we could get the right track she was going to be hard to beat.”
Despite being fractionally slow at the jump, rider Michael McNab soon had the mare travelling sweetly one out and one back in the early stages of the contest. Brought forward to challenge on the point of the home turn, Thee Auld Floozie quickly put paid to Saavoya, who had set the speed, before holding out the late charge of Massofdash.
“It was a lovely ride from Michael as he had her ticking along nicely in the clear and when he asked her the response was immediate and she found the line well,” said Marsh
“I think at present she is best suited at the mile so that’s where we will keep her for her next few runs. A race like the Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes on Waitangi Day is a nice target for her and then she will probably have a break before we set her for a crack at Group One level in the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha in April.”