AS PART of the Mares Month of May, which includes the Mares’ Triple Crown at Tabcorp Park Melton, www.nationaltrotguide.com.au will produce features on some of harness racing’s leading ladies.
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ONE of the best trotters produced in the modern era, Sumthingaboutmaori is also one of harness racing’s overlooked champions.
A star of the early 2000s, Sumthingaboutmaori is a triple Group One winner, with her victories including the Inter Dominion.
Yet despite her impressive record, the daughter of Pine Chip rarely rates a mention among the ‘All-time Greats’ lists.
A member of the royal Maori family, Sumthingaboutmaori was bred by Ric Healy, trained by his son, Bryan, and driven by master reinsman Gavin Lang for the majority of her career.
Second upon debut with Bryan in the cart, the filly was then successful at her next four starts – two for Bryan and two for Lang.
Falling in the Redwood Classic at her following outing, Sumthingaboutmaori finished her opening season with a pair of thirds.
Third first-up as a three-year-old, Sumthingaboutmaori was restricted to nine starts for the term, for two wins and second.
The squaregaiter then gave a glimpse of her greatness when she made a rapid rise through the grades as a four-year-old.
A first-up second at Moonee Valley, Sumthingaboutmaori won six of her next eight starts before three unplaced runs.
Sumthingaboutmaori then finished off her campaign with four consecutive wins.
Returning with a pair of victories against pacers in October, the mare registered her first Group One triumph seven weeks later when she captured the Australasian Trotting Grand Prix.
With Lang holding the reins, Sumthingaboutmaori scored by two metres from Sammy Do Good, with Take A Moment seven-and-a-half metres away third.
Taken across the border three weeks later, Sumthingaboutmaori annexed the South Australia Trotting Cup in effortless fashion.
Overcoming a 20-metre back mark, Sumthingaboutmaori accounted for Keystone Johnny and Power Of Cooma.
Back at Moonee Valley a fortnight later, the trotter was an unlucky second behind Our First Jewel in the V L Dullard Cup before finishing fourth in her opening Inter Dominion heat.
Successful during the second night of the Championship, Sumthingaboutmaori sealed her greatness by claiming the Final at the Valley on February 28, 2004.
After going ‘toe-to-toe’ with top New Zealand mare, Martina H, Sumthingaboutmaori scored by a head from the Kiwi, with Sophocoles five-and-a-half metres away third.
Immediately sent for a spell, Sumthingaboutmaori had 16 starts the following season for seven wins and four placings, including a third in the Grand Prix behind Gold N Gold and Lyell Creek.
She was also fourth in the Group One Bill Collins Mile won by Sammy Do Good.
Although she won the Freestone Cup when first-up as a seven-year-old, Sumthingaboutmaori failed to recapture her best and was retired after missing the 2006 Inter Dominion Final.
Her seven starts netted a win and a third in the Grand Prix behind Allegro Agitato and Sammy Do Good.
Sumthingaboutmaori was sent to the breeding barn with 31 wins, eight seconds and eight thirds from 75 starts for earnings of $461,499.