Racing brings together many people from all walks of life, and many life long friends are made. Nick Johnston, Paul Robbins and Glenn Whittenbury all met through racing in Singapore and after enjoying each other’s success on the track and company off it, decided that they should race a horse together. Thus, with long time stable client Greg Perry a partnership was formed to race a filly by So You Think out of the mare Palos De Lago that was purchased at the 2016 Gold Coast National Yearling sale.
Named Cracking Tottie, which loosely translates to Beautiful Girl, the filly entered the stable in June 2017. Showing plenty of promise on the training track she was sent to the races with only one trial under her belt in November with the hope that while fresh a short distance of 1200m would suit. Finishing down the track, she was sent for a break and with a first up 5th in February she then racked up two seconds and two thirds from her next four starts.
Having escaped major injury with a barrier mishap, being scratched and having to return to the trials, Tottie did look well placed with a step up in distance to 1600m. After flirting with that maiden win for a while, Cracking Tottie finally smashed the door wide open under an inspiring ride from Michael Rodd in the $38,000 Kranji Stakes D race over 1600m on Friday night 21st of September. A daring mid race move was made where Rodd swept around the field off a slow tempo and then pulled clear in the straight to win by a widening 2 lengths.
With her first win now under her belt, she has a tick over $70,000 in prize money in the account for the Cracking Tottie stable and with the confidence gained she should add substantially to this in the near future.