MIGHTY little mare Pink Galahs has run her last race, with time called on a glittering career that captured five Group Ones and more than $300,000 in prizemoney.
Trainer-driver Matthew Craven confirmed this week the daughter of Skyvalley had been retired following her third in last month’s Hamilton Trotters’ Cup.
“She’s been a great horse to me, (owners) Caleb, Laura (Lewis) and Bryan (Healy), but there was probably just a few too many niggles adding up that she was really battling with,” Craven said.
“At the start of the prep we thought she’d come up quite well, but things didn’t work out I guess and the call was made to retire her.
“It was a pretty sad day and week when you make that decision, and you know how good she is and how willing she is.
“I didn’t want to continue to race her when she wasn’t going to be at her best. She was competitive, but she just probably was missing that knockout punch that she always had.”
Pink Galahs’ Group One glory came in two Bill Collins Trotters’ Sprints, Victoria Trotters’ and Derby and the Darrell Alexander Trotting Championship Final in Queensland.
Pink Galahs heads to the breeding barn with a record of 18 wins and 13 placings from 45 starts for $333,549 in prizemoney.
“A mare with that terrific speed, you hope one day you get a foal in the barn out of her,” Craven said. “She did a fantastic job for everyone, gave us so many thrills and didn’t owe us anything.
“She’ll retire sound and happy, and you just hope that she can pass that on to the next generation.”
- HRV Media