Mac ‘N’ Cheese satisfies appetite

July 18, 2021

Recipe for success

Mac ‘N’ Cheese served up a tasty treat for owners Spendthrift Australia when the richly bred filly produced a timely performance to break her maiden with success in the Listed Oaklands Plate at Morphettville.

Trained by Tony and Calvin McEvoy, the 2-year-old displayed an encouraging serving of the family ability when she made light of a slow beginning to come with a well-timed finish under jockey Barend Vorster and claim major honours.

“I had a chat with Tony and we were hoping she would jump better,” Spendthrift Australia General Manager, Garry Cuddy, said. “Speaking to him after the race, the horse inside her shifted out and the horse outside shifted in.

“She jumped a bit better than it looked, but she still ended up back where we didn’t want to be. When you have that class edge you can end up anywhere and she showed that she had that field well and truly covered.”

Mac ‘N’ Cheese was last in the early running before Vorster urged her forward near the turn and she finished generously to sail past front-runner Tonneofgrit (Winning Rupert) and win by 2l with Gosden (Not A Single Doubt) taking third.

“She’s now a stakes-winning 2-year-old and we’ll celebrate that for tonight. We’ll catch up with Tony during the week and see what his main aims are and how we can best get to those races in the spring.”

Bred by Nick Vass, Mac ‘N’ Cheese was offered at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and was knocked down to Spendthrift for $300,000.

She is a daughter of Bonnie Mac (NZ) (Thorn Park), who was a talented mare and the winner of five races including the Listed Proud Miss S., but she has really blossomed off the track in the broodmare role.

Her first live foal was the G1 Coolmore Stud S. winner and G1 Golden rose S. runner-up Exceedance, who now stands at Vinery Stud, and his brother Oxley Road (Exceed And Excel) won this season’s G3 Zeditave S.

Mac ‘N’ Cheese was the next foal produced by Bonnie Mac, whose Capitalist colt sold to Greg Hickman for $1,050,000 at the Inglis Australian Yearling Sale earlier this year.

“It was our first year back buying fillies for a while last year with the intention to target those with nice pedigrees that could be added to our broodmare band in time,” Cuddy said.

“We were lucky enough to get her and Mum’s had three runners for three stakes winners now so it’s fantastic.”

Name to savour

Licence to name Mac ‘N’ Cheese was handed by Spendthrift President, Eric Gustavson, to the Australian arm of B. Wayne Hughes’ operation.

“Eric said to me to name some of the horses after things that resonate with your family and things that your kids like,” Cuddy said. “Josh Rix, our nominations salesman, put forward Mac ‘N’ Cheese, given that she is out of Bonnie Mac.

“I don’t know too many households with kids the same age as mine that doesn’t go through stacks of mac ‘n’ cheese so I thought we would run with that. I know what the kids are having for dinner tonight.”