Trotting’s new darling is set to become a Mum.
Habibti produced one of the great wins ever by a trotting mare her age when she led for the last 1400m to win the A$50,000 Dullard Cup at Melton on Saturday night.
She held out fellow Kiwi trotter Vulcan easily with the NZ-owned Keystone Del a strong third to continue the NZ domination of major Melbourne trotting races.
As good as Habibti was last season when she won three Oaks and two Derbys, she went to a new level with this win.
Rarely do four-year-olds win major trotting races, even rarer when they are mares and the group one comes before Christmas.
So beating many of what is admittedly not a vintage open class crop in Australia at the moment, labels her as a mare of rare potential.
But she is about to add another achievement to her list as new season Habibti will become a mother.
Habibti was served bylast month and has had an embryo transfer to another mare, with her valuable foal due in October.
That will of course not affect her racing career and with her list of group ones and being a strong mare byshe is rapidly developing into one of the most valuable trotting mares produced in this part of the world.
Saturday’s win earned her a spot in the heats of the Great Southern Star at Melton in March but before then she will return to New Zealand to chase the riches at Cambridge next week and possibly Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve.
By Michael Guerin (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)