Promising mare Dieing Art looked destined for life as a broodmare after a serious tendon injury as a two-year-old but trainer Mark Thompson resurrected her race career after one foal and she has now won five of her 11 starts.

The Art Major seven-year-old showed she was up to city class when she won the $30,000 Go Girlfriend final at Menangle on March 16 in 1.52.8 at just her fifth start.

And the mare could have the rare distinction of making her race debut in the same season as her two-year-old daughter Dieing Fear, who is due to trial at Bendigo on Monday.

Thompson said he put the mare in foal to Fear The Dragon in 2020 because he did not think she would be suitable for a race career.

“It was a pretty ordinary tendon injury and I did not plan on racing her,” Thompson said.

“She had a nice little filly, Dieing Fear, who is showing promise and is nearly ready to trial.

“A couple of years on, Dieing Art looked perfectly sound and I had room in the stable, so we brought her in for a campaign.

“She ran second at her first start (at Swan Hill on January 16) and then won four in a row.

“I took her to Wagga for the Go Girlfriend heat and then sent her to Jarrod Alchin for the final.

“She hasn’t shown any sign of leg problems and I think she can work her way to city company, with a bit more racing.”

Dieing Art has five wins and four placings, including a last start victory at Penrith on May 16 (See more info HERE). She is owned by Thompson’s wife Sue-Ellen.

The mare is a half sister to good city winner Pas Guaranteed (1.54.9, $155K) and tough mare Gone And Forgotten (1.75.4, $84K).

She is a grand daughter of the Thompsons outstanding matron Secret Bonus who has produced seven winners of 52 races and more than $500,000 in stakes – and she still has a two-year-old Fear The Dragon colt, Fear The Power, yet to race.

“I asked Ronnie Pocock if he had a well bred mare and he sold us Secret Bonus for $6000,” Thompson said.

“Unfortunately she broke a leg in trackwork after only one start and it cost a lot to fix her. But the investment paid off in the end.”

Thompson is best known for guiding the career of champion mare Jadah Rose, who he bought at a yearling sale in 2005. She went on to win multiple Group 1 races and take a race time of 1.49.6 in the US, banking $465,000 in stakes.

“We went to the sale to buy this big black Armbro Operative colt but he was right on the limit of our budget,” Thompson said.

“Then this little filly walked in the ring. She wasn’t much to look at but had something about her.

“Bidding stalled at $1400 and we eventually got her for $3200. The rest is history.”

Jadah Rose won 15 of her first 18 starts for the Rochester hobby trainer, including the 2YO and 3YO Vicbred fillies finals and the South Australian Oaks.

She won races in Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Tasmania during her 51 start career – and three races in America.

She went on to have a glittering career at stud for the Thompsons.

“We sold her first foal, Jadahson ($277K), for $60,000 at the yearling sale then we raced Guaranteed (1/50.4, $856K).

“Unfortunately, she died while foaling in 2018. We have one of her daughters, Bettes Rose (1.57.8, 5 wins) and she has produced a couple of colts for us.”

The Thompsons have five broodmares on their 56-acre property, about 180km north of Melbourne.

They do all the work on the youngsters, from conception through to racing.

They have five two-year-olds being prepared for racing and two yearlings coming on.