Tuesday, December 20, 2011


GOD rather famously delivered the goods a couple of millennia ago, but his namesake is providing owners, punters and breeders with a bit of cash to load up on their own Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh for Christmas.
In the past fortnight, God’s Own – who stands at Eliza Park in conjunction with Yallambee Stud – has produced 11 winners and, consequently, is shooting up the national Third Season Sires’ chart: firmly entrenched in the top 10 by winners.
The ‘run’ continued into the weekend with Eliza Park homebred, Godwilling, scoring at Canterbury on Friday night.
The Kris Lees trained sprinter is only lightly raced, but had his mind well and and truly on the job on Friday, scoring comfortably over the 1100m journey and taking his career tally to two wins and a second from only three starts.
Out of the Group winning (and Golden Slipper third) Rubiton mare Millrich, Godwilling is one of six winners out of this top class producer who is also the dam of Group winner and sire, Danerich.
It certainly augurs well for the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale in February when Eliza Park will consign a half brother (by Commands) to Godwilling (Lot 66).
God’s Own also weighed in with another winner on Saturday when Seven Squared (from the Raise A Stanza mare Wingin’ a Prayer) scored easily at King Island, but it could so easily have been a double after Andrew Noblet’s Terpsichore (from the Jugah mare Rain Dance Lady) went within a whisker of notching up a win at headquarters. Beaten a neck in the Beachside Handicap over 1420m at Flemington, Terpsichore has to be one of the unluckiest horse’s in training. She had to be steadied to avoid climbing over the backs of runners on Saturday … at her previous outing when second at Morphettville she was forced to race wide when again beaten a neck … and, at her first run back from a spell in November, she knuckled over on jumping and was held up for a run in the straight.
And just to round out the weekend, the Terry and Katrina O’Sullivan trained, Belzeus (from the Balmerino mare Balmaria) scooted away for a two length romp at Horsham to take his tally to a win and a second from four outings.
Stay tuned – there’s more presents on the way!


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