AWAY from the ‘wow factor’ Pink Galahs’ success at Tabcorp Park Melton last night carried plenty of sentiment.
Competing against a hot of the best trotting mares in the nation, the three-year-old upstaged her older rivals to capture the Sumthingaboutmaori Free-For-All.
For the squaregaiter’s owners the win brought back more than 60 years of memories!
Pink Galahs was bred by Laura Lewis, who shares ownership with her husband Caleb and father Bryan Healy.
Healy trained Sumthingaboutmaori to win 31 races including the 2004 Inter Dominion at Moonee Valley.
Pink Galahs is from Sweetasay which has double ‘maori’ in her bloodline being by Tennotrump from Maoridona.
The Healy clan’s ‘maori’ path began via the 1955 Victorian Yearling Sales.
Tired of racing second-rate horses, Ric Healy – Bryan’s father – was determined to buy a top liner.
Taken by the appearance of a well-grown New Zealand-bred filly, Healy went to 500 guineas ($1050), a princely sum in those days, to secure a youngster he named Yendarra Hall.
While she never reached the heights Healy hoped, Yendarra Hall was the beginning of one of the world’s strongest trotting bloodlines.
Just to scratch the surface, Yendarra Hall’s descendants include Maori Mia, Noopy Kiosk, Moonshine Linda, Maoris Crown, Broke As Usual, Maori Time, Skye Rocket, Blitzthemcalder, Maoris Dream, Aftanoondelite, Kyvalley Clichy, Powderkeg, Danny Bouchea, Maori Princess, Our First Jewel, and not to forget Maori’s Idol!
Maori’s Idol’s progeny have won numerous features, with his near 200 winners earning more than $4million, making the ‘Marnoo Marvel’ the most successful trotting sire from this side of the equator.
In 2000 Maori’s Idol was fittingly voted the Trotter of the Century by a panel of experts.
As for Pink Galahs, she was driven by trainer Mathew Craven to score by two metres from Dance Craze, with Miss Blissful a metre away third.
Rating 1:59.3 over 2240 metres, Pink Galahs extended her record to nine wins and four placings from 15 starts.
“I couldn’t be more impressed with her run,” Craven said. “Although technically she would normally have just turned four, it is still a big effort to step up to this company.
“Each time we’ve asked her to step up she has done it and hopefully she can continue to do that.”
Planning to bypass The Holmfield in a fortnight, Craven has set Pink Galahs for the Victoria Oaks a week later in Melton.
“Her next start will be in the Oaks,” Craven said.