Above: Robyn’s Folly as a foal with Robyn Shakespeare
Robyn Shakespeare is hoping it’s only a matter of time before her homebred three year-old filly will secure its first victory.
Robyn’s Folly, yes it’s named after Robyn, was sired by Hurdy Gurdy Man who she bred raced with her late husband, Ed.
The filly is only one of three horses sired by Hurdy Gurdy Man (Street Cry/Abalone) before the stallion died of a colic attack on New Year’s Day in 2017.
Robyn’s Folly and Gunsablazin’ have made it to the racetrack, while Hurdy Gurdy Man’s third foal from his only crop when he started stud duties in 2015 died after birth.
While Gunsablazin’ has battled in his five runs, Robyn’s Folly has had one third and two fourths from her three starts with Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman. The filly resumed last week from a spell with another promising fourth.
Robyn’s Folly is out of Shiny and New (Foreplay/Shag’s Sister) which was raced by Robyn and Ed Shakespeare to six wins, three seconds and three thirds.
Hurdy Gurdy Man, a Victorian horse of the year, was more than a handy galloper, winning the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2200m) in 2013.
Asked whether a win for her filly was just around the corner, Robyn said: “I hope so, I need a new hat.
“The track might have been a bit too soft for her last week.”
Robyn and her husband, who died six years ago, also bred Hurdy Gurdy Man’s dam, Shiny and New which has a filly foal by Riverbank Farm stallion, Redente.
“I have still got Shiny and New but I really don’t know what to do with her now,” Robyn said.
‘’Daniel (Bowman) wants me to face the other filly but I’ll just wait and see what happens at the time.”
Robyn explained that after Hurdy Gurdy Man retired she sold him for $20,000 as a stallion prospect and included in the sale was a free service which produced the nicely named Robyn’s Folly.
She believes that with horses it comes down to two things – good luck and bad luck.
Robyn admits to having a bit of both with Hurdy Gurdy Man who has nearly reached $500,000 in prize money.
And she is hoping for that slice of good luck with Robyn’s Folly.