Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Another Rags to Riches Story in Australian Horse Racing

Augusta Proud
A new potential star of the turf has emerged with Adelaide filly Augusta Proud winning the Magic Millions Classic for fillies yesterday. I listened to the race and was delighted when Augusta Proud stormed down the inside to snatch victory from She’s Meaner. It was a blistering run, in that even her jockey felt she hadn’t a chance of winning at the 200m mark, when She’s Meaner raced to the lead and put a couple of lengths on the field and looked a sure winner. Augusta Proud was blocked for a run, but her jockey managed to find a clear spot on the inside and unleashed her. The jockey, by the way, was Clare Lindrop, who became the first female jockey to win a Magic Millions race.

Five minutes before the race I decided, after having one of those dead cert hunches, to put a small bet on Augusta Proud as her odds were quite good so I was doubly pleased with her win.

That’s six wins from six runs for Augusta Proud now, and prize money of over a million. Not bad for a filly who was passed in at the yearling sales last year for $47,500.

I first heard of her a couple of months ago. Her name caught my fancy for some reason, so I’ve followed her racing career since. And so far, she has kept on winning.

There is every possibility she will be entered into the Golden Slipper Stakes where another million dollars is up for grabs. I think she has a very good chance of winning it, but even if she doesn’t I’ll still be watching out for her in the future.

Update: Augusta Proud will not be competing in the Golden Slipper but will be spelled until spring. Apparently her win in the Magic Millions jarred her up. Her connections are to be commended for not continuing with her autumn campaign - she's done enough, you'd think.

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