Ian Fortune

One of Ireland’s very fastest, Skywalker Angie, has run her last race after the news that he has come in season just days after picking up a small injury in the semi-finals of the Champion Bitch Stake at Thurles.

The injury itself is very small and she would be fit to race in a matter of days but, when she came in season, the decision was made to breed her.

During her short, but impressive racing career, the daughter of Laughil Blake and Droopys Saga was a real star. It was clear from the very outset she was going to create waves, winning on debut at Newbridge in a stunning 28.27.

That run came in the opening round of the Brownstown Tango & NTSC Open Bitch Unraced Stake when known as Droopys Joyful. She was soon purchased by Ray Patterson, saw a change in name and proceeded to make the final. Bad opening bend traffic denied her success but it was clear she was immensely talented and had the potential to achieve great things.

Sadly, she remained lightly raced through her career but she did produce a few runs that highlighted her brilliance. It was never more evident than in the Christmas Oaks. She posted a superb 28.37 in the opening round and a sensational 28.17 in the semi-finals.  

Many, including her legendary handler Michael O’Donovan, believed she would go even faster in the final and the fact that she started an even money favourite to beat the likes of Clona Skye, Crafty Kokoro and Clogheen Lass was testament to her standing. Unfortunately, again, luck wasn’t on her side. Early bumping and opening bend traffic ended her hopes.

She reached both the semi-finals of the Gold Cup and Champion Bitch Stake this year and seemed set for a few big months but now has a date with Droopys Sydney. Given her incredible ability and impeccable breeding, she could make a very special brood and we wish all involved the very best with her progeny in the future.

Incidentally, Skywalker Cilla has also come in season and the plan is to breed her in the future but not just yet. They hope to have her back for the Race of Champions at Tralee.