It’s no fib — Flo Jo has done it

Mangaroa Flo Jo (Anna Jones) recording a sound win in today's Gr.3 L.J. Hooker Sales Team Manawatu Breeders Stakes.

Mangaroa Flo Jo (Anna Jones) recording a sound win in today’s Gr.3 L.J. Hooker Sales Team Manawatu Breeders Stakes.

Waikato owner John Wood finally cracked the black-type scene with one of the progeny of the courageous little mare No Fibs.

Wood bred No Fibs, a noted winter galloper, and raced the daughter of Casual Lies from the Cambridge stable of Roger and Sheryl McGlade with plenty of excitement along the way. What the diminutive No Fibs lacked in size, she made up for in courage, winning nine races and almost $170,000 in prizemoney.

No Fibs’ best win came in the 2004 Gr.3 Rotorua Cup and she also won successive Winter Oats at Trentham and also a Listed event at Te Rapa and was fourth in the Listed Winter Classic at Riccarton.

Wood has had mixed luck with No Fibs’ progeny, but has bred three winners from the mare and it is Mangaroa Flo Jo, the latest performer of the trio, who has seen him taste black-type success again.

A six-year-old daughter of High Chaparral, Mangaroa Flo Jo recorded her sixth, and most important, win at Trentham today when taking the Gr.3 L.J. Hooker Sales Team Manawatu Breeders Stakes.

“It’s the fittest she’s ever looked and we were chasing black type,” said co-trainer Graham Thomas. “This was as good a chance as she was ever going to get.”

In two of her previous five wins Mangaroa Flo Jo was ridden by Matamata apprentice Anna Jones and it was that combination which proved successful again today.

Jones settled her back in the field and made a move near the 800 metres, getting her within striking range of the leaders. Mangaroa Flo Jo challenged soon after straightening and kicked on strongly to score by a half-length from Classic Touch.

It was Mangaroa Flo Jo’s second start since being freshened after finishing unplaced at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and neither Thomas or his training partner, Nick Smith, were surprised by the win, even though the mare had tailed the field home fresh-up over 1600 metres.

“That was on a good track at Te Rapa and she couldn’t keep up early,” said Thomas. “When Jordan (Nason) let her go she nearly got put over the fence so she had an excuse.”

Mangaroa Flo Jo has now headed off the other two of No Fibs’ winning progeny. Mangaroa Flyer, No Fibs’ second foal, won a couple of races in New Zealand before racing as Sacred Flyer for the Raffles Partnership from the Sydney stable of Chris Waller, for whom he won five races.

Ethical, No Fibs’ next foal by High Chaparral, has also won five races with her best win coming in the Mitchelson Cup at Ellerslie.