Media Release: NSWHRC
Two more mares have been invited by the NSW Harness Racing Club to compete in the $100,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile.
Victorian Mendelico and Queenslander Get Happy are the latest mares to earn themselves an invitation to the Group 1 event, which is to be held next Friday (April 23) under lights at Tabcorp Park Menangle.
Mendelico has been somewhat of a revelation this season.
A winner of 12 of her 19 starts this term, Mendelico has dominated the feature mares’ races this season, winning the Angelique Club Cup, the Richmond Lass Stakes, the Mother of Parl and the George Johnson in Tasmania.
She has taken a 1:56.1 personal best and already boasts a victory over Jazzam last February, who was issued with one of the first invites to the Ladyship Mile last week.
Get Happy has won on five occasions this season from only nine starts and was in line to make it five straight wins and six of nine prior to stepping on a shoe and breaking last start, when in a commanding position at her most recent outing at Albion Park.
She trialled sensationally at Tabcorp Park Menangle this morning (Friday) morning recording a mile rate of 1:55 (last quarter in 26.5) hard held and outside the track markers.
“The Cordina Ladyship is definitely shaping as the stellar event for mares in Australia this season with the inclusion of these two mares,” NSWHRC Chief Executive John Dumesny stated.
“We now have representatives from the three eastern seaboard states and if a performance is strong in the Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park tonight we may yet have a representative from the west.”
More invitations will be confirmed after the running of tonight’s $20,000 Hutchinson Teeny Teeny Stakes at Harold Park which carries automatic entry in the Ladyship, with a close eye also being kept on the Ian Daff Memorial at Tabcorp Park Melton and the Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park.
For further information please contact:
NSWHRC Chief Executive
Ph: (02) 9660 3688