‘Born at Pakenham, win at Pakenham’ could well now be the motto of TBV life member and proud Victorian breeder Joan Walker.
Joan and her son, Roland were overjoyed to see their talented racehorse Amadeus (Amadeus Wolf) overcome injury to take out the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion at Pakenham’s Racing.com Park on Saturday.
Trained by Mick Kent, the five-year-old galloper will now be set for other lucrative races in the $3.57 million VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series.
Joan, who was born at Pakenham, has had a long and illustrious association with thoroughbreds, not least champions such as Oakleigh Plate winner Spitfire (Hostile) and the much-loved stayer Reckless.
The two stars are from the same family. Spitfire is the dam of Merson Cooper Stakes winner Impulsive (Landau) who in turn is the dam of Reckless.
Today, the remarkable female line that started with Spitfire all those years ago is still performing well for Joan and her family, with Amadeus, a great, great grandson of the mare being the latest quality galloper.
Joan’s son Roland is involved in the family’s thoroughbred breeding and takes a keen interest in both pedigrees and performances.
Amadeus’s dam, Jaywalk (Dangerous), has an unraced 3YO Skilled filly and a yearling filly by Reward for Effort. Jaywalk is now back in foal to Reward For Effort this season.
“Although her yearling filly was accepted into Premier next year, I quietly convinced mother to retain her,” Roland said.
“She is not getting any younger and with the Reward For Efforts racing so well, we will keep her and enjoy racing her ourselves, before breeding in the future.
“Amadeus is similar in character to Reckless, being so gentle and kind. Reckless was famous for loving kids and giving pony rides in the stalls before he raced. He never flinched, kicked or bit, but on the track he was there to race.
Roland credits Amadeus’s return to the track from injury to Mick Kent’s boundless time, effort and skill.
“A lot of people train horses, but there are very few all-round horsemen. Mick Kent is one of them. He also has a brilliant ability to impart that knowledge and educate the people around him,” Roland said.
And Amadeus is now certainly looking fit and strong, whose career has been limited to thirteen starts as a result of a severed tendon after being badly galloped on.
“We had a bit of a throw at the stumps. He looked badly handicapped in the race, but the VOBIS Gold money was so attractive. To come back from injury and beat those horses at the weights was a good effort,” Kent said.