IN THE tradition of David and Goliath, New South Wales country trainer Aaron Goadsby is hoping to live a successful underdog dream at Club Menangle on Saturday night.
Goadsby is set to contest the Ladyship Mile which has assembled a strong field of star mares from some of Australasia’s biggest stables.
Multiple Group One winners Belle Of Montana and Our Princess Tiffany head the pack at $2.40 and $2.60 with TAB Fixed Odds.
Belle Of Montana is prepared by the legendary Barry Purdon, while Our Princess Tiffany is trained by power couple Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.
On the other side of the scale, Goadsby’s entrant – Takara Truffle – is the despised outsider at $151.
Not that the odds mean anything to the astute horseman.
“From where we’ve been and what she’s come through it is a thrill just to be in the race,” Goadsby said.
“Before coming back to racing at the start of this season she had 13 months off after breaking her leg.
“It’s been a long process with her, and realistically, we didn’t think she would get back to the races let alone going as well as she is and being in the Ladyship Mile!”
Takara Truffle’s broken leg was the second time the daughter of American Ideal had endured an extended stint away from the track due to injury.
At the end of her three-year-old season Takara Truffle was on the sidelines due to stress fractures in both front legs!
“She’s had three leg injuries and is like Bionic Mare at this stage,” Goadsby said. “But she is holding together well.
“Now we are up against the best mares around and hoping for a lot of luck on the night.”
Along with toughest opponents she has encountered, Takara Truffle’s task has been made all the more difficult from the draw, with the six-year-old to come from barrier six.
“It’s going to be hard enough in that field without her draw making it trickier,” Goadsby said. “The best we can do is hope for luck and see what happens.
“Like I said, she has done a great job just to get into the field.”