MIGHTY mare Frith has given trainer-driver Bruce Harpley plenty of headaches in the past six months.
"If you went and watched her work you’d wonder if she could ever win anything," grinned Harpley after the four-year-old led most of the way to win Sunday’s Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge for four-year-old mares.
Plagued with the widest draw at the top of the track, Harpley made his intentions clear from the start, racing wide until he found the front after his biggest danger, Priceless Gem, went straight to the early lead.
The daughter of Four Starzzz Shark then gave nothing else a chance, rating 1:57.7 for her last mile, with a scintillating last half of 54.6 seconds (splits of 27.2 and 27.4 seconds) to easily account for the fast-finishing Bold Life (Jim Douglass) and the plucky Priceless Gem (Daniel Jack).
Frith’s 1:57.7 was a track record, breaking Grin For Miss’s track record of 1:58.5 set on June 14, 2014.
Owner Dianne Kelly said it was a huge relief to win as Frith had given them a few concerns in recent weeks.
"Breaking a track record is a bonus and there would be no-one on this track today happier than my husband Bernie and Bruce [Harpley]," said Kelly.
Harpley said he was just happy to get such a great horse back from the Kellys so he could continue was has been a wonderful association.
Frith has now won more than $700,000 with 25 wins from just 34 starts in an amazing career which looks far from over.