History Repeating

In 1994 a little bonnie mare by the name of Skewiff won the Jayco Stakes at Flemington, which has now been renamed the Blazer Stakes and been elevated from Group 3 level to Group 2.

This was one of the first horses raced by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock and since then they have come a long way with La Passe winning the same race 8 years later.

Originally the plan was to race La Passe at Caulfield a day earlier in a benchmark race, but after a discussion between the owner Darren Dance and Darren Weir it was decided they were going to have a throw at the stumps and try and gain some black type with her.

Heading out at healthy price of $41 the instructions to Michelle were quite simple, “Just give her an easy run throughout and hopefully you can run a place.”

So when she won by an easy length you could probably say it wasn’t the result the bookies, trainer and owners were expecting and they were all quite happily shocked.

From a centre gate, Michelle Payne was able to settle in behind the leaders in the perfect ‘one out one back position’. She angled out at the 400m mark, and whilst it took her a bit to get going, she was able to reel in the leaders and win comfortably.

“Michelle tactically rides Flemington very well, plus she has produced some good results for us in the past on Platelet (Gr2 Gilgai, 2013) and Lonhspresso (Listed Straight Six, 2014),” said Dance following the perfect ride.

Skewiff went on to run third in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes the year she won this race, and whilst there are no plans set in concrete yet, I guess we can always try and emulate the mighty Mookta Mare.

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