Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Phelps' Mare Deserves Break

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Phelps' Mare Deserves Break

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THE Steven Phelps-trained My Cousin Jackie continued on her merry way with a good effort in winning the Benchmark 65 (1500m) at Port Macquarie on Thursday.

The talented mare will have one more start, in a Highway Hcp (1500m) at Rosehill in two weeks, then will go to the paddock.

"Everything she has done she has done this preparation and she deserves a break after Rosehill," Phelps said.

Phelps has done an incredible job with this good looking four-year-old daughter of Mutawaajid but he was sporting some battle scars when she returned to scale with blood seeping from a hand wound.

"She bits and kicks when we are saddling her up," Phelps said.

The mare has had six starts for three wins with all three coming this preparation.

She had her first start in May when she ran second last in a Ballina maiden, so Phelps put her away.

She resumed for a first-up maiden win at Grafton in September, was unplaced in two runs after that, then won a Benchmark 60 at Grafton before backing up eight days later for the Port Macquarie win.

Port Macquarie apprentice Jackson Murphy scored his second win on her, settling the mare in second position, going to the lead on straightening then going on to win by one-and-a-half lengths.

Phelps stayed overnight, left for home early yesterday morning, and later in the day he and Murphy were at the Ballina meeting with Asti Chops, which ran third in the Ballina Advocate Benchmark 60 (1005m) behind Media Maid.

Promising filly

MATTHEW Dunn looks to have a promising filly in Isla Tristana, which won the Three-Year-Old Maiden at Ballina yesterday.

The filly, by Sebring from the Catbird mare Facing The Breeze, was bred on the Tarcoola stud at Mornington in Victoria and bought for $100,000 at last year's Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne.

This may not have been the strongest maiden field to go around at Ballina but it was the way in which Isla Tristana won that suggests she is a filly to follow, especially when she gets up over more ground.

She was third last at the 600m and Dunn admitted he was getting nervous at that stage but when she let down at the top of the straight she sprinted quickly to win running away. …

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