Little mare brilliant after spell

LIFEANDGLORY overcame the drama of an abandoned race to win the re-run in brilliant fashion at Tamworth Paceway on Thursday.

The little Bendemeer mare burst around the paceway in a brilliant 2min 00.6secs over the 1609m and win the Southgate Inn Pace from Recede (Clayton Harmey) by 1.5m.

The race had been re-run after the Tony Missen-trained Scottish Dancer fell in the back straight  midway through the original race.

Luckily horse and driver, Brendan James, were unhurt.

In the re-run Lifeandglory was able to notch a seventh race win for driver Cindy Rippon and husband and trainer Peter Rippon.

They were delighted with the little five-year-old mare’s victory.

“She travelled beautifully,” Rippon said.

“Not a problem at all.

“I knew she would after she ran fourth at Dubbo last start. She was three wide and they went 1:59 3 or 4 and she was taking ground off them. So it was no surprise she won here in that time.

“She’s absolutely fabulous.”

Rippon said much of the praise goes to husband Peter.

“He’s done a great job with her, got her going great,” she said.

“She’s got a big heart too, she tries so hard, she’d try even if her legs were cut off.”

Rippon said the mare had done well after he’d given her eight or nine months’ spell.

“She thickened up,” Rippon said.

“She’d won three or four before she went out, but she’s come back well, there’s more strength about her.

“And she’s not a one dimensional horse either. She can lead, she can sit and sprint or she can sit back.

“I’ve always had a high opinion of her.”

Rippon said she could have easily won at Dubbo.

“Always had time for her, I’ve got more time for her now.”

He is likely to take her to Inverell this Sunday and then maybe Dubbo again.

“I’ve just got to work out what to do with her,” he said.

“But she has pulled up really well.”

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