Black-type in store for colours again

Thee Auld Floozie (Michael Coleman) completing a double when beating Passing Shot at Tauranga last Saturday. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Thee Auld Floozie (Michael Coleman) completing a double when beating Passing Shot at Tauranga last Saturday. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Expect more winning photos displaying the racing colours worn aboard the Cambridge-trained filly Thee Auld Floozie at Tauranga last Saturday.

The peacock blue, white sashes and red cap colours belong to Te Awamutu dairy farmer John Young and his wife, Sue, who bred and share in the syndicate which races the exciting three-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman from Stephen Marsh’s stable.

The same colours previously belonged to Young’s father, the late Bill Young, and have been carried to many wins over many years.

“Colin Jillings wore them when he won the Railway Handicap (in 1946) on Royal Scot for Dad,” said John Young. “It’s great to see them still winning races.”

Thee Auld Floozie has won two of her four starts, both at Tauranga, and the manner in which she powered to victory in the O’Connor Warren Insurance Brokers 3YO last Saturday suggests a black-type win, or maybe even a Group One victory, will come her way.

Settled back in the six-horse field, Thee Auld Floozie was taken to the outside to make her run by rider Michael Coleman and the way she accelerated past her rivals to win by three-quarters of a length was impressive.

“She did it easily,” said Coleman. “When she got to the front she started to float a bit so could have won by more. She’s still got a lot of improvement in her.”

Marsh, who is also part of the syndicate which races Thee Auld Floozie, was surprised by the manner in which she scored.

“I was pretty confident she could win it but I didn’t expect was to see her do it so easily,” he said. “She’s actually getting to the front easily.”

Thee Auld Floozie will get a chance at black-type next start when tackling the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial (1500m) at Ellerslie on November 29. She will then be freshened and return to Ellerslie for the Gr. 2 Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

Thee Auld Floozie is a daughter of Thee Auld Hussie, who was raced from the Marsh stable by Young to win five races, including the Listed Manawatu Breeders Stakes, and be placed on two trips to the Queensland Winter Carnival.

Thee Auld Dragon, Thee Auld Floozie’s grandam, was also a five-win horse who enjoyed black-type success, winning the Gr. 3 Desert Gold Stakes before being placed in both the Gr. 1 NZ 1000 Guineas (third) and Gr. 1 2000 Guineas (second).

This is a family which traces back to the Graham Pepper-trainer Highland Dale, who was raced by Bill Young and included in her three wins the 1981 White Horse Whisky Stakes, the Te Rapa race confined to grey or roan coloured horses.