McGillivray has enjoyed a successful association with Daunting Queen, dating back to March 2019 where the pair have shared four wins.
In hindsight, it was indeed a good training effort on Mary’s part to have Daunting Queen superbly fit for the 1400-metre race as the mare had not started for 55 days.
Not only is Mary Hassam the track work rider and trainer of Daunting Queen, but she is also the Daunting Lad mare’s breeder and co-owner.
Daunting Queen dropped into Mary’s life on August 14, 2014 and the girls have rarely been apart since.
They have gone to the races together on 37 occasions sharing in 11 wins and 17 placings for returns of $145,750.
Mary’s association with Daunting Queen’s family goes back over a decade as she was also the servant to her mother, Queen Of Happiness which won three Rockhampton races during 2010 and 2011.
The family ties run even deeper as Mary Hassam has Daunting Queen’s full sister, a juvenile named Daunting Princess and another unnamed relative.
It seems there will be no idle time for Mary in the immediate years to come but then again, she finds it undaunting - and given her passion why not?
Visiting jockeys dominated last Friday, winning seven of the eight races and only for Ashley Butler winning on Jim Rundle’s Shemademedoit it would have been a wipe-out for the locals.
The Hall family’s Capricornia Yearling Sale graduate which they bred and race in the Instinction mare Boss Baby won her fifth race by claiming the 1050-metre BM 70 for trainer Pater Fleming and Justin Stanley.
At Mackay 24 hours earlier, another from Rockhampton’s CYS of 2019 in Princess Rules won her fourth race elevating her prize money to $118,000.
This year’s Sale will be held in Rockhampton on Sunday, April 11.