Pinker Pinker Champion Racehorse
Pinker Pinker Career Cut Drastically Short
As every animal fancier knows, our pets and companions of the four-legged species are destined to life spans considerably shorter than our own human ones, making in all the more tragic when those brief life spans are cut short.
Nothing better exemplifies this reality than the tale of Australian race mare Pinker Pinker.
She was foaled in 2007 by Reset, an undefeated, although lightly raced son of Zabeel from New Zealand, out of Miss Marion, a 13 start/4 win record.
Pinker Pinker Lines To Northern And Southern Hemispheres
As with most modern day thoroughbreds, Pinker Pinker had lines to both the northern and southern hemispheres.
Some notables in the distant lines were Northern Dancer and Nijinsky, with Todman also represented, along with the Brit Hyperion and Irish Star Kingdom contributing.
As a two-year-old, she impressed trainer Greg Eurell with her potential.
She was paired with Chris Symons to win soon thereafter at 1100 and 1200 metres, showing signs of becoming a formidable sprinter.
As a three-year-old, she immediately began winning at Group 2 and 3 level, winning the Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield and the Schweppervescence in her first win at Flemington.
She managed a third place finish in her first Group 1 outing, the AJC Oaks at Sydney’s Randwick racecourse. She then had a spell, before Glen Boss was put in the saddle for a win of the Let’s Elope Stakes, the only time Boss was to be aboard.
Craig Williams Rides Pinker Pinker
Craig William was given the honours next, nearly winning both the Spotless Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley and the Epsom Handicap at Randwick.
She backed those runs with a remarkable victory in the W.S. Cox Plate. This tragically was to be her final victory, in which she became only the sixth mare to ever win the Cox Plate. She came from one off the rail to win by over a length.
Pinker Pinker next had a second in the Futurity Stakes, followed by a rather dismal sixth in the Chipping Norton Stakes.
She was preparing for a run at Rosehill in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes when she experienced a bad reaction to an injection of Pentosan Gold, a joint maintenance medication, a treatment she had undergone on numerous past occasions with no ill effect.
Pinker Pinker Dies
Pinker Pinker died on 11 April 2012, having only had 17 opportunities.
She had notched six wins, three second place finishes and two third place finishes, earning over $2.5 million in the process.
She had seemed the heir-apparent to Apache Cat, Eurell’s previous champion mare.
If anything positive could be said to have come as a result of this tragedy, perhaps it could be that Racing NSW has increased the amount of resources it will devote to its Australian Racing Laboratory, and it is hope that this will return dividends in the form of preventing a similar tragedy in the future