Miss Matty Relishes Heavy Going

Sep 20, 2013

Connections of consistent mare Miss Matty are pretty happy to see Melbourne's winter conditions continue for a while yet - the five-year-old relishing wet tracks - as she showed with a dominant performance at Cranbourne on Thursday.

Settling back - as is her usual style - in the Showcase event over 2080m, Miss Matty was patiently ridden by in-form apprentice Kayla Nisbet who judged the timing of her run to perfection.

Rounding up her rivals turning, Miss Matty hit the lead at the 100m, drawing clear by a length to record a soft win - her second success on a track rated heavy.

"She has had a long preparation," said Michael Kent, "but we have kept her in work as it has kept raining."

Kent is confident that Miss Matty is up to stronger grade - "we have always thought she would win a race in town and at some stage soon she will."

"She loved the heavy going," said Nisbet, admitting that she was a bit concerned early in the race.

"I was a little bit worried that I was too far back but she travelled really well and she tracked up nicely from the 600m."

Sustaining that long run in the style of a tough stayer, Miss Matty beat home some handy horses with favourite, the promising Packing Empire no match in second placing.

A daughter of Danzero, Miss Matty was bred and is raced by brothers Tim & Brian Kelly who run the successful and popular http://bloodhound.net.au website.

The Kelly's imported Miss Matty's dam Assertive Lady from the northern hemisphere in the late 1990's - racing her to a Listed victory over 2500m in Adelaide.

Also a three times winner in the United States, Assertive Lady - a descendant of the famed mare Pretty Polly - died four years ago but the Kelly's are breeding with her stakes placed dual city winning daughter Deraismes.