Our Miss Jones a "very, very brave" winner

Aug 26, 2012

The stable enjoyed the ups and downs of racing within the space of minutes at Moonee Valley on Saturday - cheering on promising mare Our Miss Jones to a gutsy last stride victory in the Dr. Sheahan Plate only to have her go amiss during the race.

Pulled up shortly after the line by Craig Williams who soon dismounted, Our Miss Jones was found to have suffered from a fractured pelvis - which makes her win an all the more impressive one.

"I was a bit surprised in the run when she couldn't go out after them when I asked her," Williams said.

"It took her a few strides to really get going - now realise why."

"Under the circumstances it was a very, very brave win."

Described by Williams as "a top quality mare," Our Miss Jones had, at her previous six starts had not been out of the first four - a second to Atlantic Jewel and her three consecutive black type placings before a spell making her one of the best qualified maidens in the country.

A game second to Invest in the Gr.1 Australasian Oaks in late April, Our Miss Jones has always been well regarded but not always easy to train.

"Mick and the stable have done a great job with her,” Williams said.

"She has always had a couple of little issues."

Bred and raced by Sally  Baertschiger, wife of the now retired highly successful Singapore based trainer Don, Our Miss Jones is by Danehill's five times Gr.1 winning son Darci Brahma.

Her dam is the winning Fasilyev mare Maryann Jones (who sadly died last year), a half sister to recent South African stakes winner Dylan's Promise and also dam of the stakes placed five times winning New Zealand mare Prairie Star.

Hailing from the same female line as the influential stallions Mr Prospector and Seattle Slew, Our Miss Jones is not the first classy mare the Baertschigers have been involved with - having also raced amongst others the Listed winner Imposing Bloom, dam of the three times Gr.1 winning W.S Cox Plate placegetter Tycoon Lil.

Due to have only had two runs this time in - the Stocks Stakes having been her aim - our Miss Jones will be given plenty of time to recover from her injury and we are hopeful that she can bounce back as others have in the past - Better Loosen Up and Media Puzzle just two who have enjoyed outstanding careers after a fractured pelvis healed.

And the stable have had experience with this injury before - "Grand Destiny," Michael Kent recalled, "had the worst fractured pelvis you'd ever see - and he came back even better than he was before!"

Our Miss Jones was one of three Moonee Valley runners for us on Saturday - the other two, Philda and You Think So both running gamely to finish in the placings.