Moochi Me providing the ultimate gift

Cambridge mare Moochi Me is the mother’s day gift that just keeps on providing excitement, as she showed at Tauranga today.

Trainer Darrel Lang gave his mother, Sheryl, a share in the daughter of Dubawi, as a mother’s day present and he could not have picked a better gift.

Moochi Me took her record to three wins and a second from five starts when racing away with the Laser Plumbing Te Puke 1300 at the Racing Tauranga meeting. A start earlier the four-year-old mare credited Lang with his first solo training success when winning over 1400 metres at Ellerslie on September 27.

Lang has made no secret of the high regard in which he holds Moochi Me, who is raced in a three-way syndicate which includes the trainer and also Anna Rutten, a Tauranga lawyer and sister of Chris Rutten, the owner of last season’s top two-year-old Vespa.

“She’s looked special from day one,” said Lang, a former successful jockey who originally trained in partnership with his father, Roger. “She’s the best horse I’ve trained and she can run times on the track that are exceptional.

“She worked like a machine this week and I was so confident she would win. She’s very, very good.”

Moochi Me ran a quicker time in her Ellerslie win last month than the three-year-olds Avisto and Volkstok’n’barrell recorded when taking stakes races on the same programme and she was again impressive today.

Ridden as usual by Michael Coleman, she settled off the pace which was set by Rich Billie Marsh and once asked for an effort in the run home she responded in style, ranging up to the leading group and drawing clear to score by a length and a quarter.

And it wasn’t as though the opposition was ordinary as Procurement, a winner of two of her four starts, finished a gallant second ahead, while the talented Miss Foxwood was also among the beaten brigade.

Lang will now have to lift his sights with Moochi Me and the mare looks set to measure up in black-type company. In fact Lang believes she has Group One potential.