Country speed-machine Fraulein Rustie has earned a trip to Melbourne for the Inglis 55 Second Challenge series at Moonee Valley.
Trainers John & Chris Ledger will bring her to town for Heat 7 of the Inglis Challenge (955m) on December 2. The King Of Prussia mare (pictured with Sally Sweeney) has raced just three times for first-up wins at Wodonga in April and at Wangaratta on November 14.
“She’s one of the fastest horses we’ve prepared,” Chris Ledger said. “She’s a big, strong girl and weighs in at 550kg. Linda Meech jumped off last week and said she’s got natural speed and is the quickest horses she’s ridden in the country for a long time.
“We’ve trained lots of King Of Prussia winners from Greta West,” Ledger added. “They’ve got a good attitude and will pay you back if you let them find their feet first.”
Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy stands him for a $2,000 service fee.
Fraulein Rustie (4m King Of Prussia – Rustie Bugles by Toy Pindarri) races for Victorian breeder Karen Piergrosse in partnership Kaye & John Walsh, Margaret & Geoff Binder.
Piergrosse is a Collingwood fan and the mare sports their black and white colours. “I’m the only Collingwood supporter – the rest of them barrack for Geelong or Essendon,” she said. “But they go with the flow and wear black and white to the races even though they despise the Pies.”
The Black & White syndicate also raced Secret Toy Bizness (Written Tycoon) with the Ledgers for wins at Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley.
Both mares are from daughters of grey stallion Toy Pindarri (NZ) who covered 20 books at Greta West until 2005. He sired 323 individual winners, including 12 black-type winners, at a phenomenal, long-term, strike-rate of 68%.
Greta West resident God’s Own has a great record in the Inglis 55 Second Challenge siring 2012-13 winner Vatican and this season’s Heat 1 winner Sirbible who clocked a yet-to-be-bettered 54.84s.
In Adelaide, God’s Own sprinter Mio Dio will chase summer feature riches after completing a hat-trick at Morphettville on Saturday. “He’s just flying, this horse,” jockey Jamie Kah said after the C A Haigh Memorial (1250m). “Even after the line, he was getting away from them.”
Mio Dio is one of the most improved horses in training with Will Clarken and will be set for the LR City Of Marion Stakes (1200m) on December 10 and Listed Christmas Hcp (1200m) on Boxing Day.