A MARE she shouldn’t even have in the stable provided Jodi Quinlan with a memorial moment at Tabcorp Park Melton today.
Recently returning from a lengthy injury-enforced absence, Quinlan registered her first victory along the comeback trail thanks to the aptly-named Error.
Involved in a ‘freak accident’ at the same venue last Christmas Eve, Quinlan has only had a “handful of drives” since venturing back into the sulky last week.
“I’ve had a handful of drives and it is good to get the monkey off my back,” Quinlan said. “A fairytale comeback win would have been nice, but I’m glad to get a win.
“I had a little rust to shake off after such a long time away from it.
“I’m slowly getting back into it and building up the race fitness with each start.”
Despite beginning well from the pole, Error was unable to hold out Ajay Breezy Rose which led from barrier four.
Enjoying the run of the race behind the pacemaker, Error was angled away from the pegs turning for home before sprinting to a four-and-a-half metre win from Ajay Breezy Rose, with Rose Cooper seven metres away in 1:57.5 over 2240 metres.
Ironically the four-year-old’s triumph was in the Australian Pacing Gold Pace, which is where her story with Quinlan mistakenly – or some would say mean to be – begins.
“I was in the bar with Natalie Rasmussen and Craig (Demmler, Quinlan’s partner) came over and said there is a Mach Three filly still to come through the sale we should buy,” Quinlan explained.
“I didn’t have a catalogue, so I grabbed Barry Purdon’s and off I went to buy it.
“Craig said ‘buy her if she is cheap’ and when I got her for $9000 I was pretty impressed with myself.”
Quinlan’s self pride soon took a turn when she discussed the purchase with Demmler.
“When I got back to the bar and said I bought her Craig replied ‘you didn’t pay $30,000 did you?’” Quinlan recalled.
“I said she wasn’t $30,000 only $9000, to which he pointed out the sale price.
“Cause I only grabbed Barry’s book and darted off I didn’t realise there were two Mach Three fillies still to come and bought the wrong one.
“I was going to name her Nats Fault, but Error it is.”
With two wins and two seconds from seven starts, Error is proving to be a valuable mistake!
“She has had a few injury troubles, including surgery to put three screws in her nearside hind pastern, but she does go quite well,” Quinlan said.
“If she stays sound she can get through the grades and we will have a bit of fun with her.”