Mumma would love a martini after speedy win

Martini Mumma cruised to a strong win at Wagga Wagga on Tuesday.

The Love Racing syndicate were entitled to be sipping martinis on Tuesday afternoon after the well-named Martini Mumma sizzled to an impressive maiden victory at Wagga Wagga.

Trained by Matthew Dale, the three-year-old had Danny Beasley in the saddle, and while she was only moderately away from gate one, she showcased exceptional early speed when cruising to the lead after a furlong. 

The striking grey filly was a little green when turning for home, but talent made up for her inexperience as she stretched out to win by more than five lengths in the 1000m Maiden Plate. 

It was the Pariah filly’s second start. She made some mistakes on debut when finishing fourth in a $50,000 Super Maiden (1010m) at Moruya on September 29. 

Following a 22-week spell, she was first-up at Wagga, and she motored along, registering a sharp 56.55 seconds for the five furlongs, including a sizzling 32.99 for the final 600m. 

“It was a good win, and she ran a really good time,” Dale told NSW Country and Picnic Racing

“She’s got that element of rawness, and she’s still got to learn to harness that ability, and we thought she could win for us when first-up last prep.

“On that day, she drew wide and didn’t step away overly well, so we turned her out and let her mature.

“At Wagga, she paraded a lot better and raced a lot more tractable and the improvement was evident.” 

With striking looks, a catchy name, and racing in the red silks with white love hearts of the Love Racing team, Martini Mumma will be a popular runner wherever she goes. 

“She’s definitely got a good name, and the greys stand out, and she is certainly a standout,” Dale said. 

“Still, we’re not in a rush, and we’ll take her through her grades pretty gently.

“We still need to iron out a few creases when it comes to her race craft and maturity, but in saying all of that, it was quite a dominant win.”

While the sky is the limit for the fast filly, Dale reiterated that he would take his time with Martini Mumma. 

“She has always shown us a very competitive nature in anything she has done,” Dale said. 

“She is a super competitive horse, and sometimes a bit too competitive, and that is the type of thing we want to teach her to harness.

“We’re not going to be placing her too bullishly too soon, and we’ll be nice and gentle and give her every chance.”

Dale’s yard is in flying form, and on Sunday, they scored a good win at the Moruya Country Championships meeting.

Pauji Power won the 1650m Maiden Plate with Nick Heywood in the saddle. 

The stable might head to Corowa on Saturday, with 2022 Narrandera Cup winner Kiptanui set to be the top weight in the $39,000 Corowa Cup (1600m).

Lobbed with 62kg, Dale is waiting to see how today’s barrier draw plays out. 

“At this stage, we’ll accept and have a look, but it is a big weight, and we’ll make a call after the barrier draw,” Dale said.