70th Stakes-Winner for Sebring

 In 2017, News

There will be better days ahead for Spendthrift Farms talented Sebring filly Mac ‘N’ Cheese, who came from last to open her winning account in Saturday’s Listed Oaklands Plate (1400m) at Morphettville Parks.

Ridden by Barend Vorster for Tony and Calvin McEvoy, Mac ‘N’ Cheese missed the start, just as she had done at her first two starts.

Vorster let the Sebring filly off the bridle at the 600m, and she was widest of all on the home turn. Still with plenty to do at the 200m to run down the freewheeling Tonneofgrit, Mac ‘N’ Cheese extended impressively to win by a widening two lengths.

A fast-finishing second at her first two starts, Mac ‘N’ Cheese is proving to be something of a problem child for Tony McEvoy.

“She is hairy to watch. I was really disappointed early as we have done a lot of work on her at the barriers,” McEvoy said.

“She has been jumping out well at home. I gave her a trial at Gawler, and she jumped out well. I was really confident she would jump out today, and sure enough, she blew the start.

“It was a hard watch for me from then on, but she clearly showed her talent

“The leader had a cosy run up the front, and she did all the work. I have to say that Barend summed it up. He went early, came around them and was able to run down the leader.

“I’m sure she can run a mile plus, but we have to get her manners better. I will talk to the Spendthrift guys, but I would like to see her later in the spring. We have some work to do. You can’t give away a start, but she is a great talent.

“She is a good quality filly, and there is more to come.”

Bred by Nick Vass, Mac ‘N’ Cheese was a $300,000 purchase by Spendthrift Australia from the Newgate Farm draft at the 2020 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

She is the third live foal and third stakes-winner out of the class racemare and grand producer Bonnie Mac, whose previous foals are Group I winner Exceedance and Group III winner Oxley Road.

Mac ‘N’ Cheese becomes the 70th stakes-winner for Widden Stud’s sadly missed Golden Slipper winner Sebring, who also sired last week’s impressive Group III Winx Stakes winner Our Playboy.