Cindy Kate beats the boys
By TONY McMAHON
WHILE indefinable and at the same time immeasurable, the inherent quality of possessing the "will to win'' allows some athletes to stand out from others.
Cindy Kate is one such special athlete.
In athletics females and males rarely if at all clash but in thoroughbred horse racing the female gender don't have it that easy.
So when Cindy Kate, the only mare in the field (the majority of which comprised open class sprinters) and the youngest of the eight runners, fought courageously to win, pride swelled in this old scribe's heart.
That was the scenario at around 5.25pm on Thursday at Rockhampton's Callaghan Park racecourse after "Cindy'' overhauled heavily backed Victorian Nip Of Cognac (Luke Dillon) to win the Special Conditions Handicap (1000m).
I'm fortunate enough to train Cindy Kate after selecting the Mossman-Settlement yearling at the 2003 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
Cindy Kate is so special to me and her owners, my wife Jean, Pam and Phil White, Frank and Joyce O'Driscoll, Kath and Gra-ham Mylne and Jan Adam because she always tries so hard to win.
As winning jockey Tony Pattillo said so eloquently when returning her to the winner's circle on Thursday: "I'd love to have 20 like Cindy. She just tries her heart out. She is a doll.''
Thursday's win was the third occasion that Cindy Kate has won after backing-up within a week, which I attribute to life on the farm at Stanwell.
Cindy runs again at Callaghan Park next Saturday before going for a well-earned spell.
I'm fortunate to write winning stories on horses and so it must have been equally thrilling for Len and Lyn Milner when their flying gelding Danwana (Matthew Cant) won Thursday's Class 2 (1000m).
They raced her mum Anastar, then bred that mare to their former Palm View stallion Kanoot while owning and training Danwana.
For me, the Milners and all of Thursday's winning connections, this Easter is all the more special.