Neal calls it a day with The Filly

The Filly giving Neal his proudest moment when beating I Do at Hawera. (Photo: Race Images).

The Filly giving Neal his proudest moment when beating I Do at Hawera. (Photo: Race Images).

The curtain has come down on a highly successful black-type double act with Cambridge owner-trainer Murray Neal announcing the retirement of his versatile mare The Filly.

“She’s been a good girl and she’s done a great job, but she’s a seven-year-old and it’s time for her to be a Mum,” said Neal. “It’s sad, but she’s on the market now.

“I’ve loved her from day one. We were a team and not a bad one either.”

The Filly won 10 of her 47 starts and was placed on 19 occasions, swelling her career earnings to more than $260,000.

“She won or ran in the first three in half of her starts and not many can do that,” said Neal. “She also won on heavy tracks and on a Good 3, it didn’t bother her.”

The Filly’s highlight came with her victory in the Gr. 3 Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes, in which she beat the subsequent Group One winner I Do, in a result that provided Neal with a double dose of satisfaction.

“That was where it all began for me at Hawera,” said Neal. “I did my apprenticeship there with Brian Deacon.”

The Filly was also runner-up in the Gr. 3 Concorde Handicap and the Listed Tauranga Classic and she twice finished third in the Gr. 2 Foxbridge Plate. She was also placed third at Listed level in the Opunake Cup, Counties Bowl and the Rotorua Stakes (twice).

The daughter of Ishiguru was out of the money in her last three appearances, prompting Neal to call time.

“She didn’t finish them off and it’s no good knocking them about,” he said. “She’s fine and she’s done me proud.”

– NZ Racing Desk.