Friday, 5 July 2013
Greta West Stud stallions Keep The Faith and God’s Own have come up trumps with two year-old doubles in the last week.
The Faith commenced the winning run with Lindsay Park youngster Honey's
Steel Gold at Cranbourne and Mexborough Boy in Singapore.
Own then came to the party with Mio Dio at Warrnambool on Sunday before
his very promising first-starter Impulsive Spirit bolted in at
Cranbourne on Thursday.
HONEY'S STEEL GOLD (2g Keep The Faith -
Lunar Lights by Bianconi) caught connections by surprise with a
fast-finishing victory against older horses in the Procon Developments
Plate (1600m). “He’s a nice horse on the way up,” Hayes said before the
race. “He’s a city class horse and will be at his best over 2000
Hayes has taken the opportunity to bring the gelding to
town for the LR Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) at Flemington this
Honey's Steel Gold is a homebred for John Valmorbida
and is the first foal of Lunar Lights who won her only race over 2010m
MEXBOROUGH BOY landed another juvenile win for
Keep The Faith in Singapore last Friday night. He started a
short-priced favourite after finishing third in the G2 Golden Horseshoe
Final at Kranji in May.
“He’s still very green and was waiting
for the others in the straight,” winning jockey Barent Vorster said. “I
had to use the stick to get his mind back on the job.”
Boy (2g Keep The Faith - Manzie De Lago by Encosta de Lago) changed
hands for $31,000 out of the Basinghall Farm draft at the 2012 Inglis
Melbourne Autumn yearling sale.
Vorster believes Mexborough Boy
is destined to win a decent race in Singapore. He is being set for the
G3 Juvenile Championship on July 28.
God’s Own hasn’t stopped
siring winners since he was transferred to Greta West in May. There
have been 70 individual winners of 117 races in Australia this season
including Tasmanian Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Inner Warrior.
DIO made amends for a controversial defeat earlier this year in the
Glam Girl Maiden (1200m) at Warrnambool. He was beaten nose at Ballarat
in March after striking interference and being disappointed for a run.
Katelyn Mallyon’s protest fell on deaf ears.
There were no traffic problems under Dean Yendell on Sunday - he ploughed through the Heavy 10 going to win by a length.
Dio (2g God's Own - Hageabi by Scenic) was also bred by Tas Reilly at
Basinghall Farm and is from a half-sister to Emlozza (Encosta de Lago)
who won G3 sprints at Caulfield and Cheltenham.
was the most impressive of the quartet when he won eased down at
Cranbourne yesterday. He jumped straight to the front and gave Steven
Arnold an armchair ride to score by four lengths on debut.
Spirit (2g God's Own - Esprit Magnifique by O’Reilly) is trained by Pat
Carey for owner-breeder Bill Gurry. “He had impressed us at home and
we were quietly confident,” Carey said. “He has plenty of raw ability
and we’re very much looking forward to the future with him.”
West will stand God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee
this year. Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) is available at $4,400 (inc
gst). Studmaster Laurie McCarthy can be contacted on 0410 476 196.
Keep The Faith 2YO set for G3 Singapore Juvenile Championship