Hoof issues denied Mick’s Chick the chance of ever getting to the races, but trainer Mick Tubman knew the well-bred mare always had a value.
So when the Kembla horseman eventually decided to pull the pin on her racing career, he was quick to discuss the next phase of her life with owner John O’Connor.
“I said that he was better off breeding with her so he did,” Tubman recalls.
“She kept had having hoof issues and we had to fuse it together a bit with wire.
“She had it her whole life but I didn’t want to push her because she was by Snitzel and was a half sister to a Group 1 winner.”
O’Connor recently opted to send the mare to Group 1 winning stallion Husson to produce a filly aptly named Micks New Chick.
On Saturday afternoon, Micks New Chick will make her debut in the Right Choice Real Estate Maiden Plate (1000m) at Kembla Grange.
The filly has had one trial leading up to her debut assignment where she finished second behind Alert By Sea on December 20.
Alert By Sea, trained by Gwenda Markwell, saluted at Kembla earlier this week while Tubman has given his three-year-old a further two jumpouts since trial late last year.
He anticipates Saturday will be a learning experience for Micks New Chick, but refused to rule out a bold showing.
“Whatever she does will be a good experience for her but she will be thereabouts,” he said.
“I hope she wins.
“She is pretty hot, but she has shown us that she has a lot of ability.”
Micks New Chick has drawn ideally in barrier one for her debut assignment as Tubman expects the filly to be close to the lead under the urging of apprentice Deanne Panya.
“She is very good out of the barriers so she will be up there anyway,” Tubman said.
Micks New Chick is a $9 fixed odds hope with the TAB.
Fellow Kembla trainer Markwell also has three runners in the race with Bon Warrior ($12), Bounding Badger ($5) and first-starter Choice Chance ($26) all in the field.
The first race is at 1.09pm.