Feb 04, 2016
It was 56 years ago that the Walker family's Impulsive ran into Wenona Girl in the 1000 Guineas, finishing a game second to that champion filly. Whilst a Group Three winner, Impulsive would not retire with a record to match Wenona Girl's but her name is etched in racing history as the dam of one of Australia's most popular gallopers of all time.
The wonderful stayer Reckless.
Winner of the Adelaide Cup, the Brisbane Cup, the Sydney Cup and second to Gold And Black and because of his association with Phar Lap's strapper Tommy Woodcock (who doesn't think of that famous Bruce Postle photo?!) and the length of time it took to win his maiden quite an Australian legend.
For six generations Joan Walker has been involved with this family, always hopeful of its best genes resurfacing and for some time now she has raced horses with us - Michael for years hoping to cheer on a winner with her.
And that moment came at Pakenham on Thursday afternoon with debutant Amadeus - whose fifth dam is Impulsive - an impressive winner at debut.
Jumping well before being eased to sit a bit wide off pace, the Amadeus Wolf three-year-old was always travelling well for Craig Williams. Swinging widest into the straight, he hit the lead at the 200m and, after being challenged at the 150m, found another gear to draw clear by 1 3/4 lengths.
"That was such a satisfying win," Michael said - "I have been training for Joan for years and finally we have one who can run, I am so pleased."
"He has always shown good ability," he continued, adding that the bay has just been a little keen in his work - "he has been a bit exuberant at home so even though I think he is a miler I thought the 1000m would suit him first up - with the pace on it was good for him to learn to settle."
Amadeus is a son of the city placed Jaywalk, the last mare Joan Walker has from her beloved family. Served last spring by Reward For Effort, the daughter of Dangerous has a lovely yearling filly by Skilled.
Joan is pictured below with stallion Desert King.