Day At The Track

Mum's Pride headed to the top

03:35 PM 06 Mar 2015 NZDT
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James Stormont - Has liked Mum's Pride right from the start
James Stormont - Has liked Mum's Pride right from the start
Duane Ranger photo

Every harness racing trainer will tell you that you never know where your next good horse is coming from.

Some horses live up to their breeding while others rise way above what their pedigree suggests they should be capable of.

One who fits squarely into the latter category is the very smart Monarchy gelding Mum's Pride. 

Now the winner of five races from just eight lifetime starts, Mums Pride has impressed his trainer/driver James Stormont from day one.

" I have liked him right from the start." 

"I was going to race him as two year old but he banged his knee in the box and I had to give him three months off."

"It was a blessing in disguise actually as it let him fill out and mature," James told Harnesslink this week.

It has not all been plain sailing recently after two stylish wins at Alexandra Park in December.

" He got a bout of colic and then right behind that he got a cold so it has been a bit of a rush getting him ready for tonight."

I did want to race him last week as a lead in to this week so we are behind the eight ball a wee bit race fitness wise."

"Having said that he really impressed me with his trial last week and even though he is up against Prime Power and company for the first time, I am still expecting a big run,"James said.

While Mum's Pride was a bit of a rogue early on and still likes his own way a bit, James thinks it is a positive not a negative.

" All good horses have a bit of character and attitude and he is no exception."

"Its a good sign in my book," James said.

Mum's Pride is not exactly a "blue blood" being from a handy Evanders Gold mare in Teachers Pride who won five of her seventy two starts.

The dam of Teachers Pride was the Saville Row mare Charm School who won two from eighty three starts while the third dam was the unraced Pocomoonshine mare Poco's Pride.

At this stage you would have to wonder where Mum's Pride gets all that ability from and you probably need to go back to his fourth dam Ketstone Wayward for the answer.

A daughter of Hickory Pride, she was imported into New Zealand in the late 1970s by Derek Heckler of Final Decision fame.

The next two dams are by Rodney and Volomite, two of the greatest trotting sires of their time in North America.

There are plenty of winners close up in the pedigree in North America with the odd $100,000 winner thrown in.

Mum's Pride is a trotter headed to the best grades in a hurry and reaffirms the old adage that a horse doesn't know who his parents are.

Harnesslink Media

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