The pizzas are on order, the pink champagne’s on ice.
Trainer Wendy Roche revealed what was on the menu for her stable star Nettoyer after she stormed home to win the Group 1 $1 million Queen of the Turf Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Nettoyer has become something of a cult hero in the sport of kings for her unusual eating habits.
Roche regularly feeds Nettoyer pizza as a treat and when the mare wins, she gets champagne or beer.
“She’s already having pink champagne because we thought she would go close today,’’ Roche said. “But she can have whatever she wants now!”
Nettoyer won the second Group 1 of her career after scoring in the Doncaster Mile last year.
But the mare had not won a race in 10 starts since and most thought she was past her best – except Roche.
“I thought she should have won the Doncaster last week,’’ Roche explained.
Trainer Wendy Roche after Nettoyer won her second Group 1. Photo by Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“She missed the kick by three, she was 20 lengths off them and you can’t do that in a Group 1 against the world’s best horses. She only got beat 4.3 lengths (ninth behind Cascadian),
“She needs pace, like Peter Moody said about Masked Crusader last week on the forums all week horses that get back, they need a lot of pace and she had that today.”
Nettoyer ($26) finished powerfully under Tommy Berry to run down Probabeel ($2.15 favourite) in the final few strides to win by a short head with Quantum Mechanic ($26) nearly two lengths away third.
NETTOYER! Two-time Randwick mile winner! Takes out The Queen Of The Turf for @WendyRoche3 Pizza tonight?! #TheChampionshipspic.twitter.com/6TsVPhbQJb
Berry, who rode two $1 million race winners after earlier scoring on Jamaea in Percy Sykes Stakes, only picked up the ride on Nettoyer with the intervention of his father, John.
“I couldn’t get a jockey, I rang a few people and they didn’t answer the phone,’’ Roche said.
“Then I rang Tommy’s mum and she gave me the number and then I got John to ring Tommy because I thought he would have a lot more pull than me, and he did.
Nettoyer grabs hot favourite Probabeel on the line. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“Tommy’s manager rang back the next day and said yes, but you’re not in the race. So I rang (part-owner) Greg White and his wife Jodie and they paid the late nom ($22,000), so I can pay them back now.”
Berry said Nettoyer appreciated “getting her toe in the ground”.
“She was in a great mood today and when she is in one of those moods, she is at her best,’’ Berry said. “I was very confident a long way out.’
Nettoyer scored her seventh win from 41 starts and took her career earnings to nearly $2.4 million – but Roche revealed the mare’s racing days are nearly over.
“She will have two more runs in Queensland and then be retired to stud. I hope she can go to Exceed And Excel in the spring,’’ Roche said.
Originally published asPizza delivery, washed down with champagne for Nettoyer
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