At next week’s WA Racing awards, it’s highly unlikely Mia Dolce will win two-year-old Horse Of The Year.
That prize is generally reserved for Karrakatta Plate (1200m) and Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) winners.
But if there was a prize on offer for the most durable and resilient juvenile of the past 12-months, then surely it would go to Mia Dolce.
She failed to win any of the major two-year-old races of the 2018-19 season, but there is no denying that she is tough and strong.
Juvenile horses are usually kept to short preparations, wrapped up in cotton and protected in hope of coming back as three-year-olds.
But at Belmont yesterday, Mia Dolce continued to buck conventional wisdom when after a remarkable 14 starts she posted her sixth win.
While the majority of the leading babies are spelling, or preparing to come back later in the year, Mia Dolce is still running around winning races.
The Patronize filly, who launched her racing career last November, was never headed after finding the front in the Go Racing For Free Before The Footy Plate (1000m).
It was just the second time that Mia Dolce has started for Jayce Buckley, scoring back-to-back wins, after racing for previous trainers Frank Pangallo and George Davies.
Buckley, a former jockey, who took out his trainer’s license just weeks ago, said he was full of admiration for Mia Dolce.
“She is hard as nails and was born tough,” Buckley said.
“She has a brilliant attitude to racing.
“She has improved out of sight with racing.”