We love to hear about some of last season’s ‘famous’ foals…and it was great to recently get an update on a foal that won last year’s TBV Instagram Foal Photo Competition, a Nostradamus filly owned by trainer Charlotte Littlefield and Julian Hay
The inquisitive filly, nicknamed Blinx, was photographed with his cheeky friend, Maeve Kelly, at Littlefield and Hay’s Cranbourne property.
“As she had so much bling on her as a foal and with Winx going so well, we channelled the super mare and called her Blinx. Let’s hope we can get it through as her official race name,” Littlefield said.
“She was a late cover, being conceived on Melbourne Cup day, and was also a first foal so she won’t be big, but she is very well put together and well framed. Her mum, my first winner as a trainer, Bergerac Rose, was only 15.3 hands.
“Blinx’s little buddy Maeve still loves to come and visit her and we will be keeping her in our stable to race ourselves. Maeve is her first official owner, as we have gifted her a five per cent share.”
The daughter of Rosemont Stud’s Nostradamus, Blinx currently loves life with the spring sun on her back. Enjoying the company of her mates, a Squamosa colt and her best friend Florence (a Fiorente filly) who was bred out of Littlefield’s other mare Offshore Sham.
“They are a real little gang and are having the time of their lives growing up in the big beautiful grassy paddocks,” Littlefield said.
Drawing on her experienced equestrian background, having represented the UK as a junior in eventing, Littlefield breaks in all her own horses, establishes their paces under saddle, and pre-trains them until they are ready to come into full work.
Littlefield currently has 15 horses in training, including having broken-in seven this year.
“This is probably our biggest year yet. We have five coming in for their first preparation this week as well as another five racing, so it’s a pretty big week for the team.”
After having a year off last season, Bergerac Rose will be heading to Woodside Park sire Rich Enuff for an early cover in coming weeks.
“I love Rich Enuff and I did a lot of work with him under saddle in his second last and last preparation. I actually taught him to jump and kept his mind on the job. Mixing things up to keep him interested, calm and quiet when he was starting to get a bit colty.”
“He has been throwing sensational types and I can’t wait to have my own little Rich Enuff foal to train and race in the future!”