Double on Guineas eve
GOD’S OWN conducted a lightning strike at Bendigo today (8 October) with a running double via his only two runners: God Help Us and Lady Pania.
Noticeably, both were stepping out for the first time but gave clear indication that neither will be strangers to the winners’ circle as their respective career’s progress.
God Help Us got the ball rolling with a thrilling last stride score after coming from the tail of the field.
Bred by Kevin Wacey and trained by Shane Nichols, God Help Us has the distinction of actually being the first God’s Own named.
We don’t know how much the bloke above helped, but Craig Newitt certainly did his bit and it won’t be a surprise to see God Help Us make an impression throughout the spring carnival.
Out of the Stravinsky mare By Any Means, God Help Us hails from a solid black type family.
So too is the Robbie Griffiths trained Lady Pania, a relation of Group One winner Dupain and Champion filly Tristanagh.
Out of the Rory’s Jester mare Tannadice Park and bred by Rick Smith, Lady Pania could not have been more impressive in her win over 1000m, racing away to win by almost two lengths.
The God’s Own double comes with ominous timing giving that the Redoute’s Choice stallion won the Caulfield Guineas in miraculous fashion five years ago today!
It’s actually been a big week for God’s Own with another of his first croppers in Godwilling taking out a 1200m event at Wyong last Friday (1 October).
And just like God Help Us and Lady Pania, Godwilling was having his first outing and, just like the God Help Us and Lady Pania, Godwilling was very impressive … VERY impressive.
Trained by Kris Lees at Newcastle, Godwilling led for most of the journey and scooted away to a comfortable two panel win (having taken out a trial at his home track by seven lengths at the end of August).
Out of the Group winning 2YO Millrich (by Rubiton) and a three quarter brother to multiple Group winner and sire, Danerich, Godwilling was bred and sold by Eliza Park for $65,000 at last year’s Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Interesting the 3YO is part-owned by the parents of Hugh Bowman who clearly won’t be hopping off any time soon!
God’s Own stands at Eliza Park in conjunction with Yallambee Stud