We are going to wind the clock back and relive some of our sports greatest moments, as our history must be truly appreciated for the pathway it has generated for our modern champions.
This week’s moment comes from the immortal superstar and Hall of Fame inductee Highly Blessed.
Born on 7 February 1988, in the backyard of Doug and Lorraine Ferremi who also trained her, the daughter of Chariot Supreme and I’m Blessed, racked up a quadrella of Group One victories (Adelaide Cup, Golden Easter Egg, Melbourne Cup, XXXX Trophy) during her 1990-1991 campaign along with the Group Two Shepparton Cup. During her amazing career which resulted in 38 wins from just 55 starts, the Ferremi’s collected $294,565 in prizemoney, which today would be worth over half a million dollars.
The 26kg lightweight was notorious for her electrifying early speed, which was emulated by her two most successful offspring; Split The Bill and Brookside Cindy, who both came from the legendary sire Head Honcho.
Split The Bill had a very prosperous race career racking up 13 wins from just 34 starts and was runner up in the 1998 Australia Cup at Sandown and a finalist in the 1997 Group One NSW National Derby. Upon retirement, the 36kg dog was sent to the breeding barn in Ireland, where his royal bloodlines resulted in a numerous amount of successful cross breeds including second offspring Comans Joe, the 2007 Irish Grand National winner and Winters Bookmakers Henlow Hurdle Champion.
One of Highly Blessed greatest triumphs came on 22 November, 1990 as she blew her rivals away in a devastating performance to claim the $40,000 Group One Melbourne Cup from box five. Clocking a time of 30.53 on a very wet Sandown track, the 2000 Hall Of Fame inductee is a greyhound that is renowned amongst any enthusiast for the legacy she has bestowed both on and off the race track.