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Miss Andretti wins at Royal Ascot
Miss Andretti wins at Royal Ascot

Lightning-fast mare Miss Andretti is the only galloper in racing history to simultaneously hold a total of five track records in Australia and England.

The bay set benchmarks over 1200m at Ascot, Moonee Valley and Caulfield on her way to becoming 2006-07 Australian Horse of the Year.

Capel-bred Miss Andretti, a $2.8 million stake-earner who won 19 races, also scorched to 1000m records at Moonee Valley and England's Royal Ascot.

Overseas offers of up to $10 million were attracted by the mare as she won in top company at 10 of her first 13 starts for Melbourne trainer Lee Freedman.

Miss Andretti is among 36 nominations for _The West Australian _2010 Racing Industry Hall Of Fame. Judges will select 16 finalists for induction in a gala ceremony at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre on November 25.

South-West owner-trainer David Mueller, who prepared Miss Andretti to win nine WA events before transferring her to Freedman, marvels at a spectacular racing journey he enjoyed with the mare.

Mueller, who sold majority ownership of Miss Andretti to Melbourne businessman Sean Buckley early in 2006, continued attending her races and collected a share of prize money.

"When I bought Miss Andretti from a line-up of seven weanlings at breeder Ray Cochrane's property, I never imagined the fairytale which would unfold," Mueller said.

"It was beyond comprehension I'd one day be dressed in top hat and tails, cheering her to victory over some of the world's best sprinters at England's Royal Ascot.

"She demolished the track's 1000m record there in her 2007 King's Stand Stakes win.

"Miss Andretti retains four course records. The mare's Ascot 1200m record, which was also a WA record, fell to her younger half-brother Danny Beau in 2008.

"Asian Beau's state 1200m record had stood for 26 years when Miss Andretti broke it in 2005.

"Exceptional speed was shown by Miss Andretti in education, but I didn't aim high at first and she won a three-year-old maiden at Pinjarra in her debut.

"She won nine races, including the Prince Of Wales Stakes and Winterbottom Stakes, in her first 12 starts."

The Manikato Stakes, Schillaci Stakes, Lightning Stakes, Australia Stakes, and VRC Newmarket were won in Melbourne before Miss Andretti went to England. She was a Moonee Valley and Flemington winner at her first two starts after returning to Victorian racing in the spring of 2007.

"Lee Freedman has photos in his office of only three horses - Makybe Diva, Schillaci and Miss Andretti," Mueller said.

"Miss Andretti's first foal, an Exceed And Excel colt, is a yearling. She is in foal to Fastnet Rock."

A book on Miss Andretti's career is due for publication late this year.

The West Australian

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