It was around this time last year that we made mention on our news page of an unraced 2YO – from Statue of Liberty’s ‘return’ crop – that had been named Cocklebiddy.
And, as faithful reader Tony Fiume pointed out, Cocklebiddy is a roadhouse community on the Nullabor Plains: “a necessary petrol stop in 1962 … Southern Cross, Balladonia Station then Cocklebiddy on the way back. Oh joy: 1100 miles of unmade road!”
Well, Cocklebiddy has finally made an appearance, stepping out over 1210m at Sale on Wednesday and, according to ANZ Bloodstock News, performed admirably: “The Greg Eurell-trained 3YO filly Cocklebiddy scored a good win on debut, beating older rivals. She was eased from her wide barrier (13) and settled near last, wide with cover. She improved to about eighth and still wide nearing the 600m point, put in a good run to challenge at the 200m and then drew clear to win comfortably by just over a length. She looks the makings of a good class filly”.
Cocklebiddy is out of the Agincourt mare, Gypsy Battalia, and has been retained by her breeders, Max and Roz Graham and Trevor Nuthall and other family members.
Good move guys!
After having a resounding 12 months with his Eliza Park International conceived 2YOs in 2012-13, Statue of Liberty has made a terrific start to the new season with his 3YOs including Olivier, Still As, The Bronx, Washington Square, Hudson River, Lion of Belfort, Jersey Short and now, Cocklebiddy.
Accordingly, Statue of Liberty is now equal sixth on the Australian 3YO Sires’ chart by winners.