Monday, November 19, 2012


God’s Own continues his steady rise up the stallion charts and on Friday and Saturday he produced three winners and a stakes placegetter over three states.
However, while Almighty Bullet was monumentally impressive in winning at Morphettville, Thunder Rain grabbed her second stakes placing on the trot with a gallant effort in the Twilight Glow-LR at Sandown and Maker’s Marque has won her last two starts by a combined total of 12 lengths, we’re saving special mention for the Mick Price galloper, Step Abart.
Bred and part owned by Gary MacMillan, Step Abart is out of the Elmaamul mare, Two Steps Ahead, and while it could be argued his effort was the least notable of the quartet, you gotta love the name.
Step Abart – the moniker at least – obviously pays deference to God’s Own’s owner/breeder/trainer, Bart Cummings, who guided God’s Own to a historic Caulfield Guineas victory and has supported his Redoute’s Choice stallion with a number of mares.
Maker’s Marque has definitely left his mark in November with his six and a half length victory over 1400m on 3 November followed up by another 5.5 panel demolition on Saturday … and they bet as much as $8 on her too!
Trained by Lyn Paton, Maker’s Marque hails from the Fraar mare, Fraarie, and was bred in Victoria by Jill Cappellin of Testa Rossa fame.
And Chris Dycer certainly knew what he was doing when he sent his El Moxie mare, El Fayze, to God’s Own in the spring of 2008 – the end result being lightly raced filly, Thunder Rain.
Racing out of the Ellerton/Zahra stables at Flemington, the lightly tried, Thunder Rain, has had plenty of luck this campaign – most of it bad!
After winning at Mornington on 10 October, she then found trouble aplenty over 1400m at Caulfield before being beaten a whisker in the Lexus Hybrid-LR at Flemington on Cup Day after racing wide throughout.
She had things more her own way in the Twilight Glow-LR at Sandown on Saturday but faded slightly over the final stages to grab third. She is clearly improving with age and keep this one in the black book for autumn.
Last, but not least, is the almighty Almighty Bullet.
Bred and raced by Alastair and Patti McFarlane in South Australia – and a half brother to Group One winner Hollow Bullet and the Flemington stakes winner Red Hot Mama – Almighty Bullet is living proof that November foals have plenty going for them.
In his last two campaigns, Almighty Bullet has run seven times at Morphettville for three wins, two seconds and a third (and you can throw in a three length win at Gawler as well).
He has now won his last two on the trot and don’t be surprised if this bloke plays a prominent role in Adelaide sprints throughout their 2013 carnival.

Almighty Bullet's half sister, Hollow Bullet

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