Keeping Mum on the Cup
By GRAHAME TIMBRELL
PINT-SIZED staying mare That's My Mum, which will start in the Tooheys New Lismore Cup (2100m) today, is one of the real good luck stories of racing. Tabulam man Tim Dougherty got a group of friends together several years ago and bought a filly they called Smart Chat. As is the case with many horses, Smart Chat was not much good, and in normal circumstances they would have been looking for a way to get rid of her. However, Smart Chat had one thing going for her. She was a half-sister to the former top-class galloper Bel Esprit, and Canning Downs Stud at Warwick wanted her as a broodmare. The syndicate agreed, loaded Smart Chat on a float and took her up. "When we got there we suggested a swap," Dougherty said. "They could have the mare if we could have our pick of yearlings on the property. "We looked at five or six and eventually settled on That's My Mum. "The filly was only small but her breeding was impeccable and the proud owners were sure she would grow. "Unfortunately, she did not grow nearly as much as had hoped and that is the one draw back with her. "She has a huge heart and never gives up trying but her lack of size does come against her." That's My Mum was given to Bill Pholi at Ballina to train and in 19 starts has won four races ? three on the Gold Coast and one at Ipswich. But it was her last start fourth at Eagle Farm over 2106m, beaten only a length, that convinced connections to start their mare in the Cup. "It was an outstanding run," Pholi said. "I know we are aiming higher here but she has earned a start in a race like this." Dean Tanti, who rode That's My Mum at her last start, has been retained for the ride.