Day At The Track

Lefty - We salute you

12:27 AM 09 Jul 2016 NZST
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Catcha Lefty
Catcha Lefty, the richly talented three-year-old gelding is chasing Derby glory over the next week

The record is perfect. 100% spot-on. Perhaps it was divine intervention or just the harness racing gods smiling down upon Lucky Lefty last night (Wednesday) when he registered his maiden success in the QBRED Means Queensland Pace at Redcliffe but it was much more than just another victory.

Well, it certainly was for Christina Monte and her husband Charlie Cini.

Over the past decade, the popular couple has been dining off the deeds of their former classy racemare turned broodmare gem, Lefty.

The Fake Left mare scored on 17 occasions from 67 career starts while amassing more than $117,000 in stakes but her true value at stud is immeasurable.

From 11 foals, Lefty produced 11 winners.

Her winners to date include

Chucka Lefty (9 wins - $51k),

Shes A Lefty (10 wins - $102k),

Lotsa Lefty (4 wins - $17k),

Another Lefty (7 wins - $24k),

Major Lefty (17 wins - $88k),

Just A Lefty (9 wins - $29k),

Royal Lefty (2 wins - $6k),

Feelin Good Lefty ( 2 wins - $11k),

Bring On Lefty (4 wins - $25k) and

Catcha Lefty (12 wins - $123k).

Nine different stallions have covered Lefty including Perfect Art (twice), Lotsa Clout, Safely Kept, Art Major, Jet Laag, Blissfull Hall, Mr Feelgood (twice), P B Bullville and Village Jasper.

The last foal for Lefty before being retired is Lucky Lefty, a Mr Feelgood colt who scored at start number seven.

Unfortunately, Lefty is no longer with us.

But her deeds can live on through Catcha Lefty, the richly talented three-year-old gelding is chasing Derby glory over the next week starting with the Listed $25,000 Garrards Gold Coast Derby at Albion Park on Saturday night.

Despite a tricky second-line draw, Catcha Lefty still rates as a chance following his eye-catching effort last week in the Premiers Cup behind Smiling Armada after losing considerable early ground after a tardy start.

“We’re really happy with the way he’s going at the moment, last week obviously didn’t go to plan but his run was very good given how much ground he made up and the sectionals back that up.” Cini said.

“We’ll need luck from the draw but if we get any luck, he won’t be far away and hopefully they go hard throughout and that will suit our guy nicely. I know Shane Graham ( driver) is happy so that makes us happy.” He added.

Let’s hope the celebrations continue.

Chris Barsby

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