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“It was great to see Southland getting some of the chocolates for once. It was also good seeing U May Cullect getting up to get the job done,” said Southland trainer Steve Baucke after his mare I’mallaboutthebase won the $40,000 Listed Uncut Gems Mares Classic at Addington last night. From gate six driver Tim Williams positioned the mare three back on the running line with Flying Milly Mac setting the pace. The order remained the same until the top of the straight when I’mallaboutthebase was presented with the passing lane and she came through nicely to nail Flying Milly Mac by a length with Naiya Franco another length and a quarter back in third. The winning time was 3-12.7. “It worked out well. Her sister (Delight My Soul) was deadly three back on the fence. She’s (I’mallaboutthebase) proving to be just as deadly. Tim was stoked and it was just the perfect trip for her really.” The win was I’mallaboutthebase’s fourth in thirty six starts over three seasons. She has now won $64,898. I’mallaboutthebase is by underrated sire Shadow Play out of the In The Pocket mare Soleil D’or and was bred by Steve and his wife Carol. “When she was born she had a bit of a rear end on her. I rang Graeme Henley (from Alabar Stud) and told him I was going to call her I’mallaboutthebase. He said ‘are you sure’, and I said I am.” The Bauckes no longer own Soleil D’or. After I’mallaboutthebase was born they sold her to Aucklander Kevin Haycock who has an Auckland Reactor colt out of her. Soleil D’Or’s fifth foal Delight My Soul won seven races for the Bauckes. She was retired from racing earlier this year after being served by Sweet Lou. It was the first time Baucke has won a race at Addington. Four different drivers have now won on the Shadow Play mare; Craig Ferguson, Matthew Williamson, Blair Orange and now Tim Williams. It was the mare’s first black type win. She previously ran second behind Dizzy Miss Lizzy in the 2017 Group Three Caduceus Club Of Southland Fillies Mobile Pace. “We’ll give her a bit of a holiday now and we’ll line up again next season. There has been a bit of interest (buyers) in her but we’ve always wanted to keep her.”   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    

Woodlands dairy farmer and horse trainer Steve Baucke won his first race of the season when his Bettor's Delight mare Delight My Soul driven by Matty Williamson capitialised on a perfect trail to beat leader Ideal Conquest by a length. “Very good drive from Matty. He handed up to the right horse, no one came around so it was a good run for her." Baucke said. Delight My Soul has looked promising since she started racing as a three year old but probably needs the right run to use her strength as a sit and sprint horse. Baucke says she also had a few issues this time in. “We had a bit of a problem with her breathing early on. She races in a hutton (bit) now and her tongue is tied. It’s made a difference so now she’s good and hopefully can carry on from last season.” Delight My Soul is out of the In The Pocket mare Soleil D'or so is a member of the famous Black Watch family. Baucke bought the mare for $35,000 at the Auckland Autumn Weanling and All Age Sale. He then on-sold her in 2015. “She had five fillies in a row for me. I sold her and she had a colt.” Soleil D'or last foal for the Bauckes was Imallaboutthebase which is by Shadow Play. She qualified at two and ran in last season's Kindergarten Stakes. “She’s got real gate speed. She started off alright this season but has had a few back problems. We’re getting that sorted and she’s not too far away from getting onto the track again.” The Bauckes farm 320 cows on 300 acres. They currently have 13 horses on the property including five race horses, four broodmares and two yearling colts they're preparing for February's Christchurch yearling sales.  "I milk in the morning and work the horses at lunch time and do more farm work in the afternoon when my wife Christine milks the cows. One of the colts we've got is a three quarter blood brother to Arden Rooney. He’s out of a Art Major mare who's a half to Arden Rooney. He’s a real nice Bettor’s (Bettor's Delight) colt and we’ve also got a Rock N Roll Dance colt out of a half-sister to City Light.” Winning connections                                - Photo Bruce Stewart Baucke is originally from the North Island. His father Herbert trained horses in the 1980s and '90s. The Bauckes moved to Southland in 2000 and Steve rekindled his love for the game by taking out a training licence in 2010 after he became friends with Southern breeder Dave Kennedy.  “I moved next door to Kennedy and got the bug again.” Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

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