Day At The Track

Frith ready to bow out

12:21 AM 09 Jul 2016 NZST
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Frith show acceleration and courage to wallop a field of the best mares in Australasia
Frith show acceleration and courage to wallop a field of the best mares in Australasia

Ladyship Mile winner Frith will be having her last start for the season in Saturday night's harness racing Group Three Sky Racing Adore Me Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

Having had a spectacular term so far, connections are undecided on what path Frith's career will take on the other side of this spell.

Making the decision to continue racing or send her to the breeding barn will not come easy, considering she has just had one of her best seasons to date.

Frith has won multiple Group races this season and as a result catapulted her earnings past $1.1million, a feat only four other mares in the Southern Hemisphere have achieved before.

And driver Luke McCarthy agrees.

"It's hard for the owners to decide what to do with her because her form has been very strong this season," McCarthy said.

"She has been up for a long time and will definitely earn this spell after Saturday night."

Former trainer-driver Bruce Harpley echoed McCarthy's thoughts.

"Frith has just been unbelievable this season," Harpley said.

"She started this preparation over in Perth . . . she had a hit-out with me on the Saturday, was on the plane Sunday and won a feature race the following Friday!

"You just shake your head with what she is capable of and that's why she has won more than $1million."

Frith was bred and is owned by Harpley's mother and father-in-law, Dianne and Bernie Kelly.

"Bernie is turning 80 next year so how many foals will he watch race if they don't put Frith in foal soon?" Harpley said.

"It's a tough decision to make and luckily there is a bit of time before it comes to making it."

Hoping to end her season on a winning note, the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark is one of the early fancies with TAB Fixed Odds for tomorrow night's feature.

With the scratching of Ameretto, the John McCarthy-trained Cyclone Kate is the favourite at $1.75.

TAB.COM.AU Fixed Odds - Adore Me Stakes

DEADLY MERRYWOOD $101.00

ABBEY CULLEN $14

TACT HAYLEYS DELIGHT $12

MILLWOOD LIBERTY $10

BON ACCORD GAL $61

MODERN DANCER $41

CYCLONE KATE $1.75

OCEAN DIVA $31

BETABCOOL $12

FRITH $2.80

Amanda Rando

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