Excellent thrill for Kofoed

Mi Piaci (Vinnie Colgan) scoring an overdue win for Jackie Kofoed.

Mi Piaci (Vinnie Colgan) scoring an overdue win for Jackie Kofoed.

He’s no Xcellent, but it was still a huge thrill for Cambridge owner-trainer Jackie Kofoed when she produced Mi Piaci to win at Awapuni last Saturday.

The maiden win of Mi Piaci was just the second training success for Kofoed, a Cambridge real estate agent, and came 10 years after her first celebration, when Mi Piaci’s dam, Zapata, won at Stratford in the hands of Darryl Bradley.

Kofoed was living in Taranaki when she notched that win with Zapata and after the mare retired she relinquished her owner-trainer’s licence and did not renew it again until this season.

Training a couple of winners is, obviously, special to Kofoed, but she has been responsible for a far more important input into the racing game.

Kofoed bred Excelo, the daughter of Centro who became the dam of the great galloper Xcellent, a multiple Group One winner and star on both sides of the Tasman.

“I owned Dominadora and put her in foal to Centro and bred Excelo that Graeme Gimblett bought and went on to breed Xcellent,” recalled Kofoed.

Xcellent was Excelo’s second foal and by far the star of the show.

Since those days following the deeds of Xcellent, Kofoed has maintained her interest in thoroughbred, usually with a few broodmares.

Mi Piaci is the sole one he is currently racing and she admits it has been a demand on her patience to get the desired result.

“He won his first trial at Te Teko (last August) and ran third first-up at Matamata,” said Kofoed. “It’s taken time to get him fit.”

Now that Mi Piaci has broken through for a win, Kofoed is hoping for a repeat on another trip to the central districts.

“There’s a special conditions 1800 metres in two weeks at New Plymouth that could suit him,” she said.