Thursday, 3 September 2015
Greta West Stud stallion God's Own sired his 7th stakes winner when By The Grace burst through a gap to claim the LR Balaklava Cup (1600m) on Wednesday.
The Caulfield trained galloper was given the visitor's draw but overcame a wide gate thanks to a gem of a ride by Clare Lindop. She stuck to the fence and saved ground around the corner before powering home to defeat Little Akie (Akhadan) and Supreme Warrior (Golan).
"We didn't have many options other than to go back and then ride for luck," Lindop said. "That was always the plan and I'm very happy to win this race for Andrew Noblet.
"Leon (Macdonald) keeps his horses at Andrew's Caulfield stables when we travel to Melbourne so it really feels like a team effort."
By The Grace (5g God's Own – Rain Dance Lady by Jugah) took time to mature and was also held back by bad barrier manners as a younger horse. He was a $40,000 buy at the 2012 Adelaide Magic Millions and has now earned $314,350 for a syndicate that includes Steve O'Neill, Neville Ritchie, Gail Robertson and Mandy Sargeant.
Noblet also part-owned and prepared his God's Own sister Terpsichore for wins at Werribee, Wang, Seymour and Kyneton. Their dam Rain Dance Lady was bred by Glen Appin Stud owner John Ingleton and she was a Group 2 winner of the Swettenham Stud Stakes in Adelaide.
God's Own was one of five Caulfield Guineas winners trained by Bart Cummings and he will top 100 wins again this season after siring the winners of 10 races in August. His wins tally reached 109 with progeny earnings of $2.58 million in 2014-15.
The Group 1 winning son of Redoute's Choice is standing for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee at Greta West Stud this year.
BY THE GRACE
God's Own galloper pictured after winning the Balaklava Cup