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When Blissfullabbey was advertised for sale at $5000 in June 2020 Prue George telephoned her father Chris Willis and urged him to buy the Victorian-bred mare.
Willis, a Port Kennedy harness and thoroughbred trainer, heeded his daughter’s advice and they are enjoying their time as the owners of the mare, who is proving to be a good buy.
Blissfullabbey, racing first-up after a four-month absence, was a $4.20 chance from the No. 1 barrier in the Retravision, For All The Electrical Stuff You Love Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, when she was driven to a strong all-the-way victory by Aiden de Campo.
The seven-year-old Blissful abbey ended a losing sequence of 20 and a 20-month drought when she dashed over the final 800m in 56.1sec. and beat $5 chance Miss Macho by a length, rating 1.58.3. She now has had 33 starts for the father-daughter combination for five wins, ten placings and $59,036 in prizemoney.
Willis explained that Blissful abbey had been plagued by feet problems, saying: “In the past three months we have treated her feet with constant hot and cold poulticing. Trevor Lindsay and the farrier have helped, and finally we have got her feet nice and clean.”