Quick, hand me those angina pills! Honey Flower has lobbed in an absolute thriller at Flemington today, holding out the fast finishing Dystopia in the Listed GH Mumm Stakes (1100m) … one of the most exciting races thus far for carnivale 2012.
What a fighter! Despite racing erratically (according to jockey Glenn Boss), she fought on strongly to grab the verdict by the shortest of margins and, in the process, became Bel Esprit’s 14 stakes winner.
A home bred for the McDonalds (trainers Ross and Clinton and breeder, Marg), Honey Flower was originally going to be called GI Jane, because – so says Ross – “she’s a tough bitch like that one in the movie”.
How she ended up with Honey Flower is anyone’s guess but what isn’t up to conjecture is her breeding: a daughter of the Picnicker mare Ocran (winner of 10), she’s out of a three quarter sister to Moonee Valley stakes winner Mondano and hails from the family of Stage Hit, Indian Raj, Pillaging, Sir Laurence and co.
|Honey Flower - photo courtesy of Bronwen Healy|