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Addington jackpot in 1971 buys Framalda

05:28 AM 22 Sep 2008 NZST
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Framalda beating Nigel Graig
Framalda beating Nigel Graig - She out finished him in 4:17.9 in the Rowe Cup
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When former New Zealand representative cricketer Frank Mooney and his business partner Alex Daly, both of Wellington, won $24,000 each from an Addington jackpot in 1971, Daly decided to buy a trotter. For $1700 he bought from the Taylor family of Nelson a yearling filly by the imported Star's Pride horse Tuft (for several seasons New Zealand's leading sire of straight out trotters) from Dianthus Girl.

By Gamble horse Preston (who traced to Trix Pointer), Dianthus Girl was from Dianapolis, by Indianapolis from a Frank Worthy mare Stenographer, who traced to the Lincoln Yet mare Corenella. The family produced 1906 Auckland Cup winner Typewriter.

Dianthus Girl, who raced blind in one eye, won 12 races and in 1962 lowered by a fifth of a second Worthy Queen's national mile mark that had stood for 28 years.

Daly and Mooney became partners in the filly, whom they named Framalda - a derivation of their own names - and placed with Ohaupo (near Te Awamutu) trainer Dane Alexander. At three she won three raced and was fifth in the New Zealand Trotting Stakes and second to Tough Going in the Auckland Rosso Antico Stakes.

After a lean spell at four, Framalda was transferred to Roy Purdon's Clevedon stable, winning three of her first five five-year-old starts. Taken to Adelaide for the 1976 Interdominions, she travelled badly, failed in her heats and was brought home. She started in the 1976 Rowe Cup but met trouble.

At age six Framalda won at Alexandra Park in December and Cambridge in January while in May, Driven to perfection by Wolfenden, she trekked Nigel Craig around the field in the last lap of the Rowe Cup and out finished him in 4:17.9. It was a day of sorrow and joy for Roy Purdon, whose father Hugh died in the early hours of that morning.

Framalda won in two subsequent starts at seven, and at eight was unbeaten in three starts before bowing to Easton light in the Benson and Hedges Invitation in Auckland in October. Taken to the New Zealand Cup Carnival she was completely off form, and did not prosper again until the Rowe Cup meeting the following May.

Third on the first two nights, there was confidence about her Rowe Cup prospects, but she let the camp down and finished well back, she managed to win one of the trot features at Hutt Park in June.

At eight Framalda had a good season. She won her first four starts and gained thirds in the Dominion and Rowe. With Dominion winner Scotch Tar, in receipt of 20 metres from her, beating her by just over five lengths, hers was a sound staying effort.

At nine Framalda won three more races including the New Zealand National Trot in Auckland in December and was fifth in the Rowe Cup. At 10, after four minor placing from seven starts, she was retired to stud. In all she had 136 starts for 22 wins and 51 placing worth $94,007.

A Salute To Trotting by Ron Bisman

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