She was the tough-as-teak name behind the old-style women’s social magazines that smashed the print ceiling. Now 79, in those heady days Ita Buttrose even had a song written about her by Cold Chisel.
Fast forward to the central-west of NSW, and a lightly raced four-year-old mare called Ita is set to write her own little headline at Monday’s feature Bathurst meeting.
With her long list of owners, this fast-finishing daughter of group1 winner All Too Hard is set to claim a second career win in a class1 handicap over 1400m.
Unlike magazine Ita, who grew up in high-society Potts Point, this Ita calls the Bjorn Baker stables at Warwick Farm home. Either way, punters should queue up after the mare was a good thing licked storming home first-up at Goulburn five weeks ago.
In fact, it’s hard to believe a mare with more than her generous share of ability hasn’t won since that heavy track maiden success at Muswellbrook in early January. Mind you, she’s had little or no luck in a couple of races charging home all too late.
And it might seem fitting that a mare called Ita, with plenty of female owners, will be ridden for only the second time by one of the country’s rising stars in Kiwi-born Alysha Collett.
Fresh from a win at Newcastle on Saturday, Collett again gets to show her impressive and aggressive style in a handy book of rides, including improving three-year-old Hauraki Gulf second-up to open the meeting and short-priced favourite Surreel.
Throw in Ita, and she’ll be out to repeat the Scone performance of 11 days ago when she booted home a treble. In fact, Collett, who only returned to Australia from Singapore 15 months ago when the pandemic hit hard, boasts a very healthy 25 per cent winning strike rate through August.