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Hanuni Farm enjoys racing success

May 31, 2012

Haunui Farm’s racing team has enjoyed some long awaited success in the past month firstly through the deeds of three-year-old filly Full Of Spirit (Aus) (Flying Spur) in Australia and on Saturday, through the efforts of two-year-old filly Misstrum (Aus) (Stratum) in taking out the Listed Graeme Thomoson Jewellery Great Northern Foal Stakes (1400m).

Both fillies have caused their fair share of head aches for connections and trainer Roger James but the results have certainly been worth it with Full Of Spirit winning the Group Three Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) at Randwick before running fourth in the Group One ATC Oaks a week later and now Misstrum, a stakes winner at her third start.

Purchased as a weanling at the Magic Millions June Sale in 2010, Misstrum certainly wasn’t meant to be racing in the Haunui colours, instead, she should have been sold at Karaka 2011.

“About four weeks into the yearling preparation, the filly became a little scratchy on her near-fore,” said Haunui Farm General Manager, Mark Chitty. “She was never really, really lame but she just wasn’t 100% and we initally thought that she had maybe spread herself in her box and pulled a muscle so, she was confined to a stable and handwalking only,” he said.

The filly didn’t make the desired progress after her initial period of confinement. “She just wasn’t right so we sent her to Matamata for scintigraphy and it picked up a small hairline fracture of the humerous. It was one of those frustrating injuries as all it needed was time but the clock was ticking to get her to the yearling sale. As a result, the filly spent the rest of the preparation in the box, her excercise was limited to handwalking and that was only when she had made enough progress and when we got to the sales, she just wasn’t the filly as a yearling that she should have been,” said Mark.

Misstrum was subsequently passed in through the sale ring at Karaka and two Haunui clients, Maureen Duncan and Cathy Franich bought into her.