Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra might have had to watch from the sidelines as their promising 2YO – Miss Holyfield – ran a gallant fifth in the AGL Solar Power Stakes-LR, but it was another GOD’S OWN which brought them into the winners’ circle at Kyneton yesterday … Utah Saints.
Named (we assume) after the British dance band, Utah Saints clearly fancies the Kyneton atmosphere as it’s the colt’s second win in as many starts at the track and his second win up from a spell (indeed, from six starts, Utah Saints has only once been out of the money).
Bred by David Kobritz’s DHK Investments, Utah Saints was sold for $150,000 by Yallambee Stud at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Out of the Flemington stakes placed Maroof mare, Hard Rider, Utah Saints is a half brother to three winners and hails from the family of Group One winners Hello Dolly, She’s a Meanie and Art Success.
But while God’s Own enjoyed success with his only runner yesterday, the story was much the same on Cup day when his five runners all came home with a cheque: Robbie Griffiths’ promising 2YO just edged out Miss Holyfield for fourth in the $100,000 AGL Solar Power at headquarters; Bart Cummings’ grabbed two thirds at Randwick with first starter, Angelican (beaten 1.6 lengths) and Kim Divine and; the aptly named Onamissionfromgod picked up a third at Echuca.