LAST night’s Bendigo success by Webster Hall is a timely reminder of what a superstar his dam is.
Winner of six Group Ones on both sides of the Tasman during the early 2000s, Webster Hall’s mother has emulated her feats in the breeding barn.
Boasting nine winners from 10 starters, the mare has produced two Group One winners, a Group Two winner and is the grand dam of a Group One and a Group Three winner.
Although her career was cut short by injury, the champion trotter registered 23 wins and two placings from 36 starts.
As for the timely nature of Webster Hall’s maiden success, it comes on the eve of his dam being honoured at Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night.
For those who haven’t guess who the former star squaregaiter is, it’s La Coocaracha, which was taken to grand heights by premier trainer Andy Gath.
Such is the esteem that he holds La Coocaracha, Gath has been quoted as saying his current stable flagship – Inter Dominion winner, Tornado Valley – has not taken over the mantle from the wonder mare as the best he has trained!
Whether Webster Hall can match his mother and siblings remains to be seen, however, co-trainer Anton Golino has no doubt the three-year-old has a bright future.
Unplaced upon debut after his manners let him down – which is also how La Coocaracha began her career – Webster Hall was on his best behaviour the second time around.
Eased towards the tail of the field from his second row draw, Webster Hall was sent forward to test the leader, Yankee Lover, from the ‘death seat’.
Powering his way to the front along the home straight, the son of Angus Hall completed a strong four-and-a-half metre win from Yankee Lover.
Could Dowitharain was four-and-a-half metre away third in 2:04.7 over 2150 metres.
“We really like him,” said Golino, who co-trains with Jack MacKinnon. “He’s got plenty of ability.
“He’s got a long way to go and a lot to learn before we talk about the majors, but that’s the way we want to head with him.
“He’s a beautiful big horse which is a work in progress but has potential.”
HOOFNOTE: Webster Hall was driven by Jason Lee who is set to partner Keayang Livana, which is the favourite for the La Coocaracha Free-For-All.