Miss Andretti was a champion sprinter that was one of the quickest thoroughbreds in this generation.
The speedy daughter of Ihtiram was the only horse in history to simultaneously hold a track record at five different tracks in Australia and England.
Her record of 19 wins from 31 starts a testament to her consistency and she represented Australia when taking on the world at Royal Ascot in 2007.
Miss Andretti’s Record
She made an immediate impression when winning her debut at Pinjarra. During her three-year-old season, she scored wins in six of her eight starts.
It was a busy first season for Miss Andretti, but she was kept within her grades and wasn’t asked to do too much too early.
Her four-year-old season started well with wins at Belmont and Ascot, which included the Group 2 Winterbottom Stakes and Prince of Wales Stakes.
A fourth in the Colonel Reeves stakes would be her final race for David Mueller, who sold a majority share in the mare. She then transferred to the stable of Lee Freedman, who was based in Melbourne.
It wasn’t success at first for Freedman, who saddled up Miss Andretti to finish sixth in the Oakleigh Plate behind Snitzel. That was followed by an 11th in the Newmarket Handicap and punters were starting to doubt her ability at this time.
Freedman knew the horse power she possessed, so he lined her up in the Straight Six at Flemington and she scored well. That drew a close to her four-year-old campaign.
Miss Andretti matured nicely as a five-year-old. She had 10 starts for seven wins, including the Group 1 Manikato Stakes, Lightning Stakes, Australia Stakes and Newmarket Handicap. However, it was her win at Royal Ascot that made headlines.
Australian sprinters had a good record in Europe and Miss Andretti didn’t disappoint first-up. She won the Group 2 King’s Stand Stakes, which later became a Group 1 contest. Following the win, offers of over $10 million were made by syndicates, but ultimately turned down by connections.
Her run for 15th in the Golden Jubilee was well below her best, but she had to carry 57.5kg as a mare and it didn’t suit. A return to Australia was on the cards and she resumed in the Schweppes Stakes in October as a six-year-old.
She followed that up with a win in the Group 1 Age Classic, which would be her final win. Miss Andretti travelled to Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Sprint, where she finished a disappointing 10th.
Due to quarantine restrictions, she spent a total of five weeks before and after her run. Freedman believed that was the deciding factor into her drop in form.
Miss Andretti was given a run in the Robert Sangster Stakes (fourth) and The Heath (14th) before being retired in 2008.
The team behind Miss Andretti
Miss Andretti kicked off her career with trainer and owner David Mueller. He sold a 75 percent share to businessman Sean Buckley and Gabriella Guenzi, before being transferred to the Freedman stables.
Mueller continued to support his 25 percent share by attending every race she contested, including her overseas trips.
Her jockey in Western Australia was Kevin Forrester and when she raced in Melbourne and overseas, Craig Newitt was in the saddle for all but one run.
Miss Andretti’s Achievements and Statistics
She won the 2007 Australian Horse of the Year and also the Sky Channel Most Popular Racehorse.
At one time, she held the track record at five different tracks. She smashed the course record in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Miss Andretti’s Statistics
Race record: 19 wins from 31 starts
Career earnings: $2,848,991
Group 1 wins: 5
Breeding: Ihtiram x. Peggie’s Bid
Trainer: David Mueller/Lee Freedman
Jockey: Kevin Forrester/Craig Newitt
Breeders: Mr and Mrs Beauglehole
Owners: S Buckely, D Mueller, G Guenzi
Years active: 2004-2008