The inaugural TBV Instagram Foal Photo Competition has been run and won for 2017.
And the ‘Most liked’ award has gone to an inquisitive Nostradamus filly owned by Cranbourne breeder and trainer Charlotte Littlefield.
Littlefield and Mornington’s Caitrin Kelly who co-submitted the photo win a raceday lunch package in the Chairman’s Club at Flemington generously donated by Racing.com
The photo is of Charlotte’s Nostradamus x Bergerac Rose filly, who is inquisitively playing with Caitrin’s daughter Maeve.
The filly was conceived on Melbourne Cup day and was bred by Charlotte Littlefield and Julian Hay at their Cranbourne property.
“The photo is of our beautiful filly Blinx who is from my first winner as a trainer, Bergerac Rose,” Littlefield said.
“This is her first foal and our first that we foaled down ourselves.
“Maeve is her little friend. Maeve adores the horses and ice cream…this will be Maeve’s first share in a racehorse!”
Littlefield kicked off her professional trainer career with Bergerac Rose and now has about 12 to14 in work, including some in pre-training and being broken in.
Born and raised in the UK, Littlefield was an established event rider who represented her country as part of the British Young Rider Team in Poland 2003.
Her love of thoroughbred racing started at a young age when she would attend the Goodwood races with her parents, before taking a job riding trackwork for a point-to-point and national hunt yard in Somerset.
Littlefield moved to Australia 11 years ago, where she has continued to compete in eventing, along with pursuing her passion in flat racing.
Wanting to put her eventing knowledge and racing experience into practice, Littlefield feels that she can come in with a different angle to training thoroughbreds.
“My eventing background has been very handy, as once they’re taught to track work we can incorporate some dressage and jumping into their routine. We believe that if they can do a preliminary level dressage test and a preliminary horse trials, then they are ready to race.”
Although Bergerac Rose will be having a year off this year from breeding, she will be heading back to the breeding barn early next year, along with Charlotte’s other mare Offshore Sham.
Offshore Sham has a Helmet colt at next year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale as Lot 766.
The full set of entries can be found at the TBV Instagram Foal Photo Competition.