Lady Lynette inducted into Hall of Fame

Jun 01, 2014

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CHAMPION Tasmanian mare Lady Lynette was honored at the Tasmanian thoroughbred industry awards night at Country Club Tasmania last night when she was inducted into the Tasmanian Racing Hall of Fame.

Lady Lynette makes her way into the Hall of Fame as one of the best mares to grace the Tasmanian turf.

The mare's record includes multiple feature race wins in her home state including the 2011 Group 3 Bow Mistress Stakes and she retired a three-time winner of the Listed Vamos Stakes over 1400 metres in Launceston which is a record that may never be broken.

But it was her sensational record on the national stage that fully showcased her ability.

For almost all of her racing career she was trained by David Brunton and in his care she won or was placed in 12 Group races interstate.

Lady Lynette was purchased for only $13,000 at the 2006 Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale and at the end of her racing career she was purchased by Gerry Harvey at the 2012 William Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale for $270,000.

The other equine to be inducted last night was former star miler Weasel Will.

Weasel Will ranks as one of the finest milers produced in Tasmania.

The Weasel Clause gelding, owned and raced by the late Peter Burt and his wife Val, raced 47 times for nine wins, nine placings and $750,000 in stakes.

He nearly always competed at the highest level with $625,000 of his earnings derived from group and listed races.

Weasel Will started his career in Tasmania where he won two of his six starts for trainer Graeme McCulloch.

He then went to Bart Cummings in Melbourne and won second-up at Caulfield in July 1999 before being transferred to the Nigel Blackiston stable where he spent the rest of his career.

Throughout his career, Weasel Will contested 11 Group 1 races but his biggest wins came in the Group 2 Waterford Crystal Mile at MooneeValley which he won in 2000 and 2001.

Also inducted into the HOF were trainer Barry Campbell, jockey Craig Newitt and associates Bernie McKay and former bookmaker Tom Wragg.

1972 Melbourne Cup winner Piping Lane was upgraded to Legend status.