Stable stalwart retires

Sep 02, 2012

Terrific galloper Philda has been retired - the eight-year-old set to enjoy a life as a "paddock nanny" at the home of his breeder, Rick Jamieson's Gilgai Farm.

A horse who gave the stable and his owners many a thrill over a 49 start career, Philda ran a great race at his final outing at Moonee Valley on August 25 - going down fighting when second to Excluded at his favourite track.

"He probably should've won that last start," Michael Kent said, "he got softened up early - taken on, but he was still there at the finish."

Kicking off his career with a Cranbourne third in July 2007, Philda went on to record 12 victories - amassing over $433,000 in stakes.

Five of his wins came at Moonee Valley but he was also successful at Sandown, Cranbourne and Kilmore.

Gaining plenty of publicity due to the enthusiasm of his owners led by Rick's son Harry Jamieson, Philda defeated some smart types during his career - twice holding off Gr.2 winner La Rocket at Moonee Valley and 12 months ago at that track defeating the then Caulfield Cup favourite December Draw.

A son of the Doncaster Handicap winner Secret Savings, Philda is out of the late Suraya, a Brief Truce mare who died earlier this year. She is also grandam of the exciting Philippi who looked good saluting at his Mornington debut last week.