Patience & Heart

May 01, 2017

Racing is a game of patience and heart and Karin MacNab is an owner who has plenty of both!

It was six years ago that she sent her multiple city winning mare Cameo Minx to the stallion Time Thief - the moment that the waiting game begins.

A lovely filly foal arrived and Karin was happy to watch her develop at her own pace, never one to push her horses - which is why at the age of four Thieving Minx has had just three starts.

Kicking off her career with a couple of nice performances last winter, Thieving Minx was given plenty of time to mature and the wait was worth it when she led throughout to claim her maiden at Cranbourne on Friday night.

Straightening up two lengths in front, Thieving Minx had her proud owner on her feet and cheering and there were tears in Karin's eyes as her bay dug deep to hold off a late challenger.

Enjoying the night with friends, Karin was keen to pay tribute who helped Thieving Minx on her way to victory and her long list of thank-yous shows just how many people play their part in every winner.

"I think Mick Kent my trainer for his guidance and help, Tiger and Kate Keenan for the care they have shown my horses at The Heath, Alex Rooney for her care getting our girl fit and ready, Max Keenan who did a great job breaking her in (his first horse under the guidance of Julien Welsh), young Michael Kent for his generous support, Gary Simpson my camera-man and sounding board and a great shout-out to Ethan Brown who rode her so well."

"The win, where I find myself today - I could not have done it all without you all!"

Thieving Minx is a special horse not only for Karin but for other horses with her earnings donated to horse charities - in fact already she has helped in the rescue of four other horses!

Always well regarded, Thieving Minx is another winner from one of the stable's favourite families, one that has also produced the city winners Cameo Kiss and Countcool - as well as the Group One mares Episode and First Seal.