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    Family’s first winner in 60 years! Family’s first winner in 60 years!

    SHIKOBA became her family's first winner in 60 years by scoring in Terang last night -Photo Ian Woolridge

    TWO – possibly three – pieces of history were created in Terang last night. Breaking her maiden at her 34th start, Shikoba is the... Family’s first winner in 60 years!

    TWO – possibly three – pieces of history were created in Terang last night.

    Breaking her maiden at her 34th start, Shikoba is the first skewbald winner trained by Ann-Jeanette and Beau Tindale.

    Scoring via protest, Shikoba also became the first member of her maternal clan to make their way into the winners’ circle for more than six decades!

    An unfashionably mare, Shikoba is by A Rocknroll Dance from unraced matron Calico Cat, which is from the unraced broodmare Popsyssourpuss, which is from the unraced Damiens Girl.

    As you can probably guess, Damiens Girl’s dam, Wahroonga Royal, was unraced as was her mother Battle Royal, which foaled in 1960!

    With incomplete record books to rely on, Shikoba may also hold the status as the first skewbald mare to win in Australia.

    For those wondering about the skewbald classification, skewbalds have a combination of white and any other colour – typically brown – as oppose to a piebald, which has large irregular patches of black and white on their coats.

    “She is the first mare from that family to win in more than 60 years, which is incredible,” Ann-Jeanette said. “She’s also the first skewbald we’ve won with.

    “I know there have been skewbald colts and geldings win throughout the years, but she may be the first mare to win.”

    With Kerryn Manning in the cart, Shikoba was second across the finish line before Manning lodged a protest against the winner, Quick Decision.

    A power outage delayed the hearing by a half-hour before stewards upheld the protest.

    “She got the win, albeit via a protest, but a win is a win,” Ann-Jeanette said. “We weren’t very confident as she drew one in Ballarat at her previous start and we were confident, but she was naughty and ran out at the start.

    “We nearly didn’t run her tonight, but thought we’d give her a go as she might be better from eight and she got he job done which is great.

    “We were in suspense for a while as power went out in stewards room and they couldn’t see the replay, but when the power finally came on and they got the protest done, we were thrilled with the result.”

    With no immediate plans in mind for the four-year-old, the Tindales will search the program for a suitable option.

    “We did mark a maiden for her, but she can’t go in that now,” Ann-Jeanette said. “We’ll have to look and see what else is around.

    “She’s no star and can be cranky and stuff like that, but we tolerate her because she’s so pretty…she gets away with a bit more than others!”

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