Day At The Track

I'mallaboutthebase records first win

09:10 AM 13 May 2018 NZST
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I'mallaboutthebase winning at Winton
Photo Bruce Stewart

It's been a while coming but three year old filly I'mallaboutthebase recorded her breakthrough win at Winton today.

The Shadow Play filly trained by part-owner and breeder Steve Baucke, showed early promise as a two year finishing second to Dizzy Miss Lizzy in the Group Three Alabar New Zealand/Caduceus Club of Southland Fillies Mobile in March last year. Since then she's recorded three other seconds and a third in her thirteen starts.

In today's PGG Wrightson Mobile Pace, driver Craig Ferguson took luck out of play and from a handy draw went straight to the front with the favourite. He got away with a few 'cheap' quarters and the filly sped home in 56.7 seconds (last 800 metres) which put paid to her rivals. The winning margin was three lengths and the overall time was 3-01.9.

"She got a nice draw today, got out in front and did what she likes to do. She's hard to beat when she pulls a 56 half. It was a very good drive from Craig. He said she just jogged it," said Baucke who owns the mare with his wife Carol. 

"She hasn't had too much luck and had a few bad draws. We took her shoes off at Addington and the track was deep (on the night she raced) and she wasn't getting any grip. The start before that she was second which was a good run for her. We've also had a few problems with her back muscles. Suzanne Toomey (masseur) came once a fortnight and she also massaged her a couple of days before she raced. When she was sore she was hard to steer round the corners. Being young and longer in the back I think there's just a weak area there. It's not uncommon." 

In the winners circle for the first time - Photo Bruce Stewart.

Baucke has also been keeping a close eye on I'mallaboutthebase's half-sister Delight My Soul which is now racing out of the Ray Green stable in Auckland.

"She's doing a great job up there. I'm proud of the little girl. She's bringing a bit of money in too."

Since racing in Auckland she's had six starts for her new stable which resulted in two wins, a second, a fourth and a sixth. With the higher stakes in the north, she's banked $19,381.00. 

"She's going to stud in the spring. I haven't finalised anything but I'm looking at Captaintreacherous."

I'mallbaouthebase is out of the In The Pocket mare Soleil D’or from which the Bauckes have bred three fillies – Acapulco Sunrise (Santanna Blue Chip) which was unraced, Delight My Soul (Bettor’s Delight) and I'mallaboutthebase.

Soleil D‘or is out of Corbie, a Vance Hanover daughter of Black Watch.

“She had about six fillies so we decided to sell her. Then she had a colt. She hasn’t been bred from since so I’m not sure what happened there.”

Steve and Carol Baucke have been in Southland for seventeen years, having shifted shifting south from Te Pahu south of Hamilton.

They have a 320 cow dairy herd on 300 acres near Woodland. It’s also the home of four broodmares and a small team of racehorses which Steve trains.

Carol’s parents Reg and Joyce Davey had horses too and raced Most Happy Milly, a Smooth Fella mare out Armbro Mill. Armbro Mill was a half-sister to Gold Rand which won eleven races.

Most Happy Milly won five races, all as a three year old. She was trained by Maurice McKendry.

The Daveys also raced thoroughbreds and actually bred Arwon the winner of the 1978 Melbourne Cup. He’s was by Aritzo out of Fair Flash and was originally named Flash Guy. His Australian owners changed his name to Arwon which is Nowra spelt backward. One of the syndicate members lives in Nowra.

Bruce Stewart
Southland Harness Racing



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