The story on Mo Twentyone reads almost like a fairytale and is about to have a fitting ending.
It was just over three months ago that Gary Wiltshire phoned and asked if I would take a little bitch who he wanted to run in memory of Mo Done.
Mo was married to Betfred boss Fred Done, but had died recently after a long battle with cancer. Regular readers to the Star website may remember the story.
At Mo’s funeral, they had told the story of how in her early years, she would run illegal bets and would identify herself on the betting slips as ‘Mo 21’.
Gary decided to buy a little bitch and rename her Mo Twentyone, and to race her for charity; in particular The Christie, where Mo Done spent her final weeks.
Gary said he wanted ‘the prettiest, not necessarily the fastest’ little bitch, and when I saw her card and videos from Ireland, he was as good as his word. She was beaten a long way in all four races at Limerick.
I had some doubts that she would even grade, but she probably was the prettiest little bitch you could have laid eyes on and with a lovely temperament to match.
She clocked 29.13 in her first trial at Belle Vue but continued to improve and went into A7 where she actually won second time out.
I was quite surprised when I took a call a couple of weeks ago asking would it be okay if Fred Done and his daughter, son in law, and two grandchildren, could come to the kennel to meet Mo.
They duly turned up and spent nearly an hour here. They really took to Mo, as Julie and I knew they would, and Fred asked to be shown around the kennel. What a lovely family, really nice people.
Fred was interested in how they were fed, and what happens to them when their careers were over.
The family came to see her run last Sunday. Unfortunately, she was up to A5 and was up against it and was beaten.
I then received a phone call saying they had so fallen in love with Mo, that they wanted to re-home her straight away.
So on Saturday, Mo is off to live with Fred Done, in what we can only guess will be a life of absolute luxury, being loved and spoiled. I’ve already told her she has landed on her feet.
We will be sorry to see her go, but the plan is that she will join Fred for some of his appearances on Betfred TV.