Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Throughout her career Arma Indie has been an irascible, temperamental pacer and a handful to control in her races.
But she is now in foal to Bettors Delight and was on her best behaviour when Mark Reed drove her to an all-the-way victory in the Etch Coatings Commercial Spray Painting Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Arma Indie, unplaced at her previous nine starts since winning at Gloucester Park just over 13 months ago, was the $1.70 favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier.
She won the start, and after a slow lead time of 38.2sec. and moderate opening quarters of 30.9sec. and 30.4sec. she sprinted over the final 800m in 57.2sec. to win by a half-length from Black Jack Zac, who finished strongly from last at the bell.
Trainer Mike Reed explained that Arma Indie had raced only sparingly over the past 12 months because of a leg injury. “We patched her up and do not hopple her, restricting her work to cantering at home,” he said.
“Mark said that tonight was the best she has behaved. She didn’t buck or swish her tail and didn’t want to kick him out of the cart. Getting her in foal has enabled her to relax and settle down. She will probably race for another two to three months, and she might win another race or two.”
Arma Indie, who is by American sire Well Said, has earned $172,590 from 11 wins and nine placings from 41 starts. She won twice in New Zealand and her 31 WA starts have resulted in nine wins and six placings.