A two-year-old filly born with an extra leg and written off as a racing proposition could spearhead trainer Trevor Sutherland’s tilt at a third Southern District Racing Association premiership at Wagga on Friday.
Spare Parts, a Krupt chestnut filly bred by Sutherland and Murrumbidgee Turf Club director Brett Bradley, was born with an extra canon bone, fetlock and foot.
The remarkable tale led to her being named Spare Parts and will be one of a possible 17 runners for Sutherland at Wagga as he attempts to overhaul Chris Heywood for the trainers’ title.
Heywood has a one-win lead over Sutherland.
Instead of having Spare Parts put down at birth due to her deformity, Sutherland elected to donate the foal to Charles Sturt University’s veterinary science faculty for students to experiment on.
Vets operated on the filly, who is out of former Darley mare Guaracha who was raced by Sutherland and Bradley, and unbelievably came through the procedure without any problems.
“I bought her back for $300, broke her in and jogged her up and to my surprise was as sound as a bell – I never had a problem with her,” Sutherland said.
From there, Spare Parts made it to a barrier trial at Wagga on May 30 where she ran third before kicking off her unlikely racetrack career with a slashing third at Albury on July 4.
The filly missed the start before ratting home to run third, beaten one length, before being caught three-wide on the speed second up over 1400m two weeks ago at Wagga.
Spare Parts is nominated for a 1200m maiden on Friday.
“She’s shown us a bit of ability in trackwork and jump outs and hasn’t had a lot of luck at both her starts,” Sutherland said.
“The 1200m will suit her on Friday and will be one of the chances in the race, that’s for sure.”
Sutherland will be represented by former France tearaway Aribaa and Sweet Duchess in the Mitchell Park 2015 Riverina Cup (3800m).
The Boondock Saint, who ran on well at his 100th start at Corowa recently, is nominated for two races, while the in-form Sir Ottavio looks a major player in the benchmark 55 (1600m).
Other possible Sutherland runners include Pure Esteem in the class 1 (1000m) and a string of two-year-olds in the 1000m maiden – Drunk On A Plane, My Friend Albert and Oh What A Thief.
Bunwina, luckless last time at Corowa, should also be competitive in a maiden on Friday.