Mindi Gully gives owners a happy 40th anniversary
MARLBOROUGH graziers Ron and Bev White had double reasons for celebrations after their brilliant youngster, Mundi Gully, won yesterday’s $100,000 Magic Millions Mackay 2YO Plate (1050m) at Ooralea Gardens racecourse.
Ridden by Dennis Whitmore, the youngster was caught wide early in a tactical race for the lead before he surged clear on entering the straight.
Immediately Sunshine Coast filly, Tough Luck, made a quick dash which was short lived as Mundi Gully drew away.
Whitmore merely shook the reins at Mundi Gully which won by 1.5 lengths from Tough Luck with third-placed Rocket On By 1.75 lengths away third.
The White’s were delighted with the win which occurred as they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
“This is the best way possible to celebrate our wedding anniversary,” Bev White said.
Mundi Gully is named after a gully running off the Isaac River which runs meanders through the White’s Marlborough cattle station.
Trained by Julie Green, Mundi Gully, will now advance to a juvenile race at Eagle Farm on Boxing Day before his main goal, the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions on January 9.
Trainer Greg Eurell says he couldn’t be happier with eight-time Group One winner Apache Cat ahead of his shot at redemption in Sunday’s Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin.
The baldy-faced star was odds-on favourite when third to Inspiration in the 1200m feature 12 months ago and, while getting on as a seven-year-old, Eurell says the gelding is “a bit fresher” for this year’s assignment.
Eurell said Apache Cat, which hasn’t started since his fourth to All Silent in the Group One Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington on November 7, would just trot and canter leading up to the race after working yesterday.