Tuesday, 25 March 2014
God’s Own galloper Bel Thor has been nominated for the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill this Saturday.
trainer Wez Hunter has the option of staying home for a $100,000 Open
Handicap over 1600m at Moonee Valley or rolling the dice and running on a
rain-affected track for $1 million in Sydney.
Bel Thor (4g God’s
Own – Bellonic by Redding) was second to Fat Al last time out on a slow
track in the LR Golden Mile at Bendigo. He was also Group 3 placed in
the Eclipse Stakes at Caulfield in November.
more showers up there this week,” Hunter said. “He’s disadvantaged at
weight-for-age against horses like Boban but a wet track will help.”
Thor has finished in the money at all seven runs on slow or heavy
track, albeit against weaker horses than his Ryder rivals. “He has
loads of potential. And any time there’s some sting out of the track,
he can really let down.”
Another Sydney option is the G3 Neville
Sellwood Stakes (2000m) on Golden Slipper day, April 5. “We’ve always
had a good opinion of him,” Hunter added. “He will be a really nice
horse next season – even in a race like the Caulfield Cup.”
West Stud sire God's Own has been represented by 66 winners of 96 races
in Australia since August 1. His progeny have banked over $2.16
million and Bel Thor is his chief earner with prizemoney of $157,700
Wet-track specialist by God's Own