The Best Birthday Gift for Mully Green
Published 21 February 2023
For those smitten by the racing bug of loving the thoroughbred, birthday presents don’t come much better than winning a race.
That in itself triggers spontaneous and in many cases indescribable euphoria but it got even better for fledgling Rocky trainer Sileas Green at Callaghan Park races last Saturday.
Sileas, known to one and all as Mully Green prepared her first winner Indiana Falls but it got even better as she owns the mare as well.
If you think that was sufficient to ignite Mully’s celebrations for her 30th birthday which occurred yesterday (Monday, 20/2) you were right there too but there was even more icing to coat the cake.
By winning the Maiden Plate (1300m), with jockey Chris Whiteley’s percentage (5%) and the mandatory 1% equine welfare distribution deducted, Mully reaped about $9240 in prizemoney.
As I was about to find out from Mully there was even more birthday joy to unwrap.
Asked if she had a “little flutter” on Indiana Falls ($13.00), the first horse she has trained, Mully through a giggle said “I did”.
“I always lose but I cleaned out my telephone betting account by having the remaining $14.00 on her to win”, she laughed away while attending her winner at the stables on Monday.
Overall, with prizemoney and the tasty little winnings from her flutter, Mully has come up trumps with a massive percentage profit from her original outlay of less than “a grand” for Indiana Falls.
Much as I hate to be repetitious, it gets even better that that.
You see, that’s not taking into account the $3650 she cleared when Indiana Falls ran second under the tutorage of trainer Sileas (pronounced Celise) at Callaghan Park on January 27.
“I bought her online off Bloodstock for just $800 late last year from Townsville. She is my first and only horse since getting my trainer’s licence before Christmas”, Mully, previously a strapper for 15 years said.
How good is that I thought and any wonder Mully, the partner of trainer-jockey Adrian Coome calls her winner stable named “Indy” a “lovely little thing to work with”.
Although it is doubtful if jockey Nathan Day who rode Indiana Falls at her first start for Mully on December 16 would agree.
“It didn’t start off good as she bucked that day”, Mully said.
Then again girls can be girls and all is forgotten and forgiven now after Indy has displayed impeccable manners in three starts since.
Not to be outdone by partner Mully’s memorable first win, trainer Adrian Coome also won a race on last Saturday’ February 18 Rockhampton card.
Adrian, absent at Eagle Farm in Brisbane with two horses, scored with croaky (sorry I meant quirky) named Chris Whiteley ridden Afroginasock ($26.00) which was having its first start for the stable.
Sorry to spoil the party but for the record, Adrian’s city starters Alloutatime ran last while stablemate King’s County was scratched at the barriers before its race when found to be lame.
Such is racing but rest assured Adrian Coome would have been as proud as punch on his long haul back from Brisbane given the exuberating wins of Froggy and more particularly Indy.
Oh yes, I forgot to mention the couple’s adorable infant son Archie, two months old this Tuesday was front and centre in the Callaghan Park winners stall to greet mum and dad’s winning duo.
Just one thing remained and I had to ask, how did Sileas come up with being known throughout life as Mully.
Who better to ask than her proud parents, trainer Graeme Green and wife Julie.
“As a kid she was just mesmerised by watching a television show called Mulligrubs. All you saw was a wide screen with a set of lips, eyes and eyebrows. Selias loved it and from there we called her Mully and the name just stuck”, Graeme Green explained.
Sileas – Mully whoever, congratulations for a treasured victory, no doubt the first of many to follow.
Tony McMahon from all your racing Mulligrubs (mates) in the Capricornia region and beyond.
HOOFNOTE: Mulligrubs was an Adelaide produced television program which ran on the Ten Network with 550 episodes from October, 1988 until December, 1996 and was designed mainly for pre-schoolers.