It was an unexpected surprise late on the day of filming when we thought all the activities for the day were over – but one little girl had other ideas – we were about to witness her very special debut.
Just as the team was leaving the stunning property at sunset a call came through that one of Gooree’s gorgeous bay mares was foaling right at that very moment. We raced back in time to watch the mare ‘Essence To Success’ foal a gorgeous, healthy, bay filly. The foal’s legs were the first to appear while the Stud Mistress Vikki Cannon aided in the process – helping the mother to preserve her strength and ensuring all went well with the new arrival. Vikki has safely delivered over 3,000 foals in the past 32 years and is therefore affectionately known as the ‘Gooree Park Midwife’!
In this video you can watch as it looks up to see its mother’s face for the first time and the tenderness with which the third-time-mum immediately starts to care for her new bub. Continuing the thoroughbred line for which Gooree is renowned, the filly’s sire is Smart Missile, by Fastnet Rock out of Comical Smile (Half-sister to Northern Meteor)
As she celebrates her birthday, the foal is going really well, she has a great temperament and her first year has been full of learning and growing and she has yet to be named.
The team at Gooree Park is keeping us updated with her progress and sent us this photo taken when she was 7 months old. Isn’t she a beauty?
If you would like to visit Gooree Park there are a number of events you can experience around the year such as:
- Melbourne Cup at Gooree Park
- High Tea in the Stables
- Bubbly Breakfast at the Track
- Wine and Wagyu BBQ
To see the videos on these events and for more information on Gooree Park see the links below. To book tickets for events click here.