10 Nov Aust cricketers’ horse makes winning debut
A horse bought by a group of Australian cricketers to honour late teammate Phillip Hughes has won on debut.
Never Out (Star Witness x Jesterchine), trained by Kim Waugh whose husband Mark played 128 Tests for Australia and is now a national selector, won a 1000m maiden at Gosford on Wednesday.
The three-year-old filly’s ownership includes Mitch and Shaun Marsh who played in Australia’s recent defeat by South Africa in the first Test in Perth, as well as white-ball specialists Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch.
Former Test players Greg Blewett and Ryan Harris also have a share along with national coach Darren Lehmann’s wife Andrea and broadcaster Alan Jones.
The horse was named Never Out as a tribute to Hughes who died after he was hit by a ball while 63 not out in a Sheffield Shield match in November 2014.
“We bought the horse in memory of Phillip Hughes,” Mark Waugh told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“We got together to all buy a horse because he used to love horse racing so she might have had a bit of help today.
“I just spoke to Darren Lehmann when she went across the line so it was a good win.”
Waugh said Never Out had shown promise as a juvenile but a setback had delayed the start of her career.
“She had a bad accident in the paddock. She lost half her foot at one stage so that’s why she’s been in and out for so long,” Waugh said.
“She’s out of a fast mare so I think she’s got more to come.”
A $57,500 Inglis Classic purchase from the draft of Amarina Farm, Never Out is the fifth winner from stakes-placed Rory’s Jester mare Jesterchine.