SURELY La Coocaracha’s status as a legend has been sealed.
One of the greatest trotting mares produced in the southern hemisphere, La Coocaracha won six Group Ones on both sides of the Tasman during the early 2000s when prepared by Any Gath.
As a broodmare La Coocaracha has been equally as prolific with 10 winners from 11 starters, including three Group One stars and a Group Two winner.
La Coocaracha is also the grand dam of a Group One and two Group Three winners,
La Coocaracha’s most successful foal – Dance Craze – registered 24 wins and 15 placings from 50 starts for more than $550,000 in prizemoney when trained by Anton Golino.
Dance Craze’s victories include three Group Ones – the 2017 Breeders’ Crown Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies’ Final, 2019 Great Southern Star and 2020 Australian Trotting Grand Prix.
Retired from breeding last season, La Coocaracha’s final foal became her third Group One winner by claiming the Home Grown Classic at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.
Prepared by Wayne Potter, The Locomotive led throughout from the pole to score by seven-and-a-half metres from Hide And Seek, with Basilica a metre-and-a-half away third.
Driven by Nathan Jack, the two-year-old squaregaiter rated 1:59.9 over 1720 metres.
Co-owned by Potter, The Locomotive has had two starts for a win and a second.
“I really like him, he is a very nice type,” Potter said. “He’s only had a couple of starts and I’ve been pleased with him in both.
“I got him going specifically for this series so to come away with the win is a great result.
“He’ll go back to the paddock now for a short break as there isn’t much around for him until later in the year.”