Fifth win for Mrs Chrissie

Speedy Per Incanto mare Mrs Chrissie added a fifth win to her CV when she lived up to her favouritism in Saturday’s A$130,000 Handicap (1000m) at Sandown.

The five-year-old chestnut has now had 16 starts for five wins and five placings, earning more than A$275,000 in stakes. All of those five victories have come over either 1000m or 1100m.

Mrs Chrissie jumped only fairly from her midfield gate in Saturday’s 1000m dash, but she recovered quickly and moved up into third place for apprentice jockey Celine Gaudray.

Gaudray asked her to quicken with 400m remaining and she soon drew up on the outside of the leader and took command.

Rattle And Bang briefly loomed as a threat on the outside, but Mrs Chrissie hit top gear and kicked away to score convincingly by a length and three-quarters.

Mrs Chrissie was part of a winning double at Sandown on Saturday for Gaudray, who has now ridden 41 metropolitan winners this season.

“It was pretty straightforward,” Gaudray said. “We drew a sticky gate, but only one turn, so not too much to worry about. I didn’t want to bustle her early, I just let her come across and she was too strong for them in the end.

“I felt like she had a lot there. Especially when the other horse came up next to me – she kept finding and went to the line really well.”

Mrs Chrissie was bred by Chris Doak and Rosie Ealden and was exported to Australia as an unraced two-year-old. She is out of the O’Reilly mare Turf Fire, who herself won nine races and placed in the Gr.3 Stewards’ Stakes (1200m).

Turf Fire is the dam of three winners from five foals to race, headed by the stakes-placed Don Carlo. Turf Fire produced fillies by Time Test in 2019, Per Incanto in 2020 and Super Seth in 2021.

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