Day At The Track

The story of Chilli Palmer

07:15 AM 02 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Chilli Palmer as a weanling
Chilli Palmer as a weanling
Alabar Website

Throughout Elsu’s siring career, Alabar NZ’s Graeme Henley has been his staunchest supporter.
 
It is very fitting that he, along with his wife Suzanne, is the breeder of Elsu’s first Group One winner – Chilli Palmer, the ultra impressive winner of the McInerney Ford 4yo Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
 
That Chilli Palmer was bred at all is something of a miracle.
 
Fake Spirit was an outstanding filly winning the 2003 Great Northern and NSW Oaks double. Her owner, Robert Famularo discussed with Alan Galloway the possibility of doing an embryo transfer on Fake Spirit. They agreed to do it in partnership with Pacific Rocket the chosen stallion.
 
Make It Hot was the resulting foal and in due course she was entered for the 2006 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale.
 
She was however diagnosed as a wobbler and withdrawn from the sale. The decision was made that it was best that she should be put down.
 
Graeme Henley takes up the story …
 
“I didn’t have the heart to put her down – she was after all doing well and coping fine when not hassled.
 
“A couple of years later, I confided to Alan and Robert that Make It Hot hadn’t been put down and that she was doing that well that she would be worth trying to breed from.
 
“They both said I could have her if I wanted to try. She lost her first foal by Grin and Chilli Palmer was the second attempt. She’s had a foal every year since. 
 
“It’s a great thrill to breed a Group One winner – especially one by Elsu – and out of a mare that really should’ve have been alive.”
 
Chilli Palmer was pin-hooked as a weanling for $4,000 by Ken and Anne-Marie Spicer who sold him at the NZ Premier Yearling Sale to Terry Chmiel for $13,000. Terry qualified him as an early 3yo and sold him to the Dean Braun stable after impressively winning a maiden trial at Addington.

A Video of Chilli Palmer winning the $125,000 4yo Classic at Perth is attached.

Courtesy of Alabar website
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