While relaxing in a paddock after another successful season, outstanding mare Frith is set to deliver more exciting news…well sort of!
Frith’s first foal is due within the next few weeks via a surrogate mother.
The youngster, which is destined to be a sales topper, is by boom sire Mach Three.
“She’s out for roughly two months now, but she will still be providing us with a highlight during that time,” trainer Bruce Harpley explained.
“Because she had such a long break after the Breeders’ Crown last year, Bernie and Dianne (Kelly, owners) put her in foal to Mach Three.
“Now the surrogate mother is due to foal next month, so it will be interesting to see if she has a colt or filly.
“If it can turn out to be anywhere near as good as its mum, then we can look forward to plenty more good times.”
The unborn youngster will have a massive shadow to step out from given the extent of Frith’s feats.
A daughter of Four Starzzz Shark, Frith boasts 29 wins and eight placings from 38 starts, including consecutive Breeders’ Crown Finals – the most recent coming at Tabcorp Park Melton last Sunday.
With Harpley in the cart, Frith was quickly angled away from the inside of the second row to be three-wide and pushing forward at the start as Arma Xpress set the early pace.
Allowed to stroll to the front during the middle stages, Frith was never fully extended on her way to a three-and-a-half metre win from The Baggy Green.
From dual Breeders’ Crown winner Lady Waratah, The Baggy Green was also bred by the Kellys.
After working overtime in the ‘death seat’, Im Smouldering was two metres away third.
“As much as it is a thrill to win such a big race, it’s also a relief to get the job done,” Harpley said.
“It can look easy on paper, but it’s never the case as you’ve still got to get out there and perform at your best.
“She had to work a little more than I would have liked to find the front, but she still had plenty left at the finish.
“She’s just such an ideal racehorse as she has strength, speed and brains to boot.”
Covering the last half in 57.5 seconds, the four-year-old rated 1:56.6 for the 2240 metres, stretching her bankroll to $794,972.
To be given “about seven weeks off”, Frith will be aimed at the major mares’ races next season beginning with the prestigious Ladyship Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle.
“I haven’t spoken to Bernie yet, but she will have about seven weeks off now,” Harpley said.
“That will see her back racing about early to mid January, which gives her a couple of months racing to be ready for the Ladyship Mile.
“Further down the track, I’d like to bring her back to Melton for the three main mares’ races in May, particularly the Queen of the Pacific.
“She hasn’t had a crack from the stand, but I can’t see it being a problem.”