Kooringa Lucy is back in Northfield’s name after an unfortunate turn of events, but the trainer’s making the best of a bad situation.
“I do my full-time trade as a plasterer and managed to break my right hand and injure my shoulder at work, so with plenty of time I thought it’d be a good opportunity to get back to training her myself,” he said.
“It’s been good for both of us having her at home, it keeps me busy day in day out and I always get a pretty good read on how she’s going through her season.
“I wouldn’t rule out asking Selena and Mick to take her back at some point in the future - I know she’s in great hands there - but she’ll stay put for now.”
Kooringa Lucy’s 18 wins have her staring down the $100,000 prizemoney mark and while she’s given Northfield plenty of thrills, he knows she’s got more.
“She’s been around the mark in a lot of Group finals over her career, but if we do our job and keep her ready, she’ll get it done one day,” he said.
“She certainly doesn’t owe us anything, it’s been a great ride already, but you always like to see them fulfill their potential and she’s a Group bitch every day.
“There’s not many like her that can do it with early speed and also kill you in the run home, she’ll measure up to anyone at her best.”
The Northfield family are a training and breeding powerhouse in northern New South Wales and Kooringa Lucy is trying to fill some big footsteps left by her mother.
“She’s turned into one hell of a chaser, sometimes to keep her fitness up we’ll run her over the shorts down here which doesn’t suit, but she tries her heart out every time,” Northfield said.
“We raced the mother Mitcharlie Mia who was a champion for us, 38 wins from the 400 right up to 600, she knew how to find the line - there’s plenty of her in Kooringa Lucy.
“Her latest litter are to Zambora Brockie and at 12-months-old are doing all the right things, you never know until they come of age but it’s looking promising.”