Saturday, 5 July 2014
Trainers Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra are in two minds whether to back up Pillar Of Creation in the LR $150,000 Winter Championship Final (1200m) at Flemington next weekend.
The God's Own gelding completed a running double in the Sheen Group Hcp (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The Contract Racing homebred was coming off a Moonee Valley victory a fortnight ago.
"He went up in the weights pretty quickly after his last win but got the job done," Zahra said. "He hasn't put in a bad run this preparation but is a better horse with his runs spaced."
Pillar Of Creation (4g God's Own - Cosmic Dust by Hurricane Sky) was stakes placed as a juvenile at Flemington and won a heat of the Slickpix Silver Bowl Series at Swan Hill as a three year-old.
Connections had jockey Damian Lane to thank for a cool ride on Saturday. He pushed out of a pocket on the home turn and then reeled in front-runner First Course.
"He likes the sting out of the ground at this time of the year and his rating will go through the roof now," Zahra said. "He's not the easiest horse to ride but we will probably have to claim with an apprentice in future."
Contract Racing's David and Jenny Moodie won races at Caulfield and Sandown with his second-dam Prodigious Girl (Aspect) in 1988-89 when Steve Richards was their trainer. Besides the dam of Pillar Of Creation, she also foaled the Melbourne stakes winners Blazing Aspect and Slipstream.
God's Own (Redoute's Choice) will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee this year at Greta West Stud.
PILLAR OF CREATION