Young American horsewoman Hannah Mathiesen can sure pick a fast filly.
The 23-year-old from Kentucky is next month striving for consecutive Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic wins, after scoring the rich race earlier this year with Away Game which was the first horse she and her family purchased in Australia.
Now she is hoping history can repeat with another Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace-trained filly, Fake Love, which races in the same black colours with red stars that Mathiesen and her sister Paige designed.
The Listed Calaway Gal Stakes in Brisbane was the race in which Away Game announced herself as a serious Magic Millions contender when she won her first race last December.
A year on and Fake Love, already with a stakes win on debut at Caulfield to her name, will line up in the Calaway Gal with star jockey Glen Boss to ride and the training team applying blinkers so the filly focuses better.
Mathiesen is daring to dream of another Magic Millions success, this time with Fake Love who she bought as a weanling, was passed in as a yearling and then decided to race with a group of American and Aussie owners.
“Fake Love might have showed her cards a bit sooner than Away Game did, but both are very similar types, both strong and out of top sires so they have lots of class,” Mathiesen, speaking from America, said.
“It’s crazy to think we have another Magic Millions contender.
“When she (Fake Love) came out and won on debut I thought that was great, and then she ran well in her next race too.
“Her recent trial (winning by more than a length over 900m at Rosehill) was incredible and Glen Boss had a lot of great things to say about her.
“She trialled in blinkers and they seemed to help a lot just to focus her and they should benefit her in the race as well.
“I can’t be in Australia because of COVID (regulations) so I’ve told Ciaron all the pressure is on him this year.”
Away Game with owners, including Hannah Mathiesen, after winning the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic.Source:AAP
Fake Love’s prospects in the Calaway Gal (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday were dented when the filly drew the widest barrier 13.
However Mathieson insisted the team still planned to run the filly, saying “Away Game drew wide in the Magic Millions and it didn’t stop her.”
Despite the wide gate, bookies were keeping Fake Love safe and she opened as the $3.40 favourite win to win on Saturday.
She currently shares the second line of Magic Millions betting at $8.
Fake Love. Pic: Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
One of Mathieson’s goals in buying horses in Australia is to encourage more US ownership in horses that race Down Under and also promote the sport to the younger generation.
In her homeland, she is vice-president of the Nexus Racing Club which focuses on getting more young people into racing as well as business networking.
Her racing education flourished when she spent a stint in Australia working for Maher and Eustace, before she returned to the US where among her business interests she is now the US representative for the Aussie training team and aims to attract US clients for them.
“I ended up working for Ciaron and Dave in Australia after I went to an event in Florida and met Tom Ryan (SF Bloodstock) and he does a lot of things with Henry Field from Newgate,” Mathiesen says.
“I had just graduated from college and I was chatting to Tom and asked what my next step should be, as I wanted to learn as much as I could in horse racing.
“He said go to Australia because I would learn more in six months there than I would in three years in America, because of how big racing is in Australia.
“He got me in touch with Ciaron and Dave and I got the job down there and loved it.
“Once I was in Australia, my Dad (Mark) said it would be fun to have a racehorse down there just to learn and experience something new.
“I went to the Magic Millions Sale and I loved the whole atmosphere of the sale and the racing and so it was something I definitely wanted to be involved in.
“I bought two horses that year and one of them was Away Game, so when that is your first horse you are pretty hooked.
“It was a completely perfect day when she won last year.
“We knew she was a good horse but she was still a huge long shot, so we weren’t expecting to win, but we ended up having the time of our lives.”
Away Game is likely to resume in the Listed Gold Edition Plate at Doomben on Saturday week as she progresses towards the $2million Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas in January.
Away Game with Hannah Mathiesen (centre)Source:Supplied
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