It is commonly said that the best things come in small packages and Mockery is no exception. While light in frame, she certainly makes up for it in toughness and tenacity when the sprightly daughter of Verrazano (USA) hung on to claim the Listed Very Special Kids Plate over 1000 metres down the straight at Flemington on Saturday.
“Don’t tell her she’s little – she has an attitude as big as Ben Hur and a streak in her that’s about a mile and a half wide. She is like a lamb at home but come race day she is a different horse,” Mockery’s trainer John McCardle said.
“The first time we galloped her she was so quick. I just wondered if she was a greyhound suited to 600 metres, but she runs out the 1000 metres and she’s a stakes-winner now.”
Having already shown her colours trying to kick her devoted strapper Mackenzie in the morning, and not missing McCardle’s thumb when saddling up – she was at her best.
“A mate came up to me in the mounting yard and asked which horse was mine, I simply said the angry one, and she runs well angry,” said John.
Jockey Linda Meech teamed with the filly beautifully, to ride her from the tough outside barrier.
“She was so quick out of the barriers, and then just travelled like a rocket. There was no point trying to ease her up, so I just let her go, and she still fought with her all to the line. She is not an easy ride, and a bit of a madam, but the good ones always are,” Meech said.
With an ecstatic group of owners on track, they loudly welcomed Mockery back to the parade ring.
“It was just a thrill, and I am just in awe our filly. We were hoping to get some black type, but to do it down the straight at Flemington on Guineas day was a dream come true,” breeder Scott Williamson said.
Mockery is the first foal out of his beloved Lonhro mare Madoni, who they tragically lost only hours after she debuted at Caulfield on Guineas day in the Listed Debutant Stakes.
“We arrived on course that day with so much excitement and promise, with her dam Madoni foaling down that morning a filly by Fighting Sun. But it goes to show how quickly fortunes can change in racing, as Mockery was hit hard during the race, and was not in a good way,” said Scott.
“We rushed her to the vet, only to receive a call minutes later that Madoni had collapsed and could not be saved. The whole group of owners, all closely involved in the breeding and racing community were shattered.”
Mockery will now continue Madoni’s legacy and be a valuable broodmare for Williamson.
Madoni boasts an interesting pedigree with the Eight Carat family featuring on both top and bottom halves. A half-sister to High Achiever (Exceed And Excel) the dam of the Mick Price-trained classy galloper, She’s So High (I Am Invincible) who added the Listed Bob Hoysted to her previous win in the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes only two races later.
Madoni’s yearling colt by Fighting Sun was knocked down to Steve Morley Bloodstock and Robert Heathcote for $55,000 from the Musk Creek draft at the Magic Millions.
While plans are still to be decided as to where the filly will race next, she may head to Sydney for the 1100m Group 3 Kindergarten on Doncaster Day, or stay closer to home and focus on the lucrative $250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush on the 30th March at Bendigo.