Shepparton News

Sun’s shining on Godden


- By Gus Underwood

Nanneella horseman Col Godden is making the most of being stranded in the Sunshine State.

Godden has added to the team of three he took to campaign in Queensland at the start of July with his latest stable addition Digyourhee­lsin scoring first-up for him at Redcliffe on Monday night.

A three-year-old bay filly by Lincoln Royal and a short-priced favourite driven by Nathan Dawson, Digyourhee­lsin spreadeagl­ed her rivals over the concluding stages to notch her second win in 22 starts.

‘‘The owners got a bit sick of her after she galloped in her last run and put her up for sale and I picked her up pretty cheap,’’ Godden said.

‘‘She’s a bit light on in condition and has to build up a bit, but she has had a good turn of speed.’’

Digyourhee­lin’s win followed on from another of the Godden team, Ajay Breezy Rose, scoring her third win in the Sunshine State last week.

Ajay Breezy Rose put up a tough run, sitting outside the leader for the last lap and scooting home in 57.4 to notch her ninth win and her third in her Queensland campaign.

The five-year-old Mcardle mare followed up that win with a second placing at Albion Park on Saturday night when she was pipped on the post by 33/1 shot Katamach.

Owned by Stanhope’s Graham and Fleur Nurse, Ajay Breezy Rose has had three wins — all at Redcliffe — and four placings in 10 starts on her Queensland holiday and has the chance to build on this record tomorrow night at Albion Park.

Two other pacers in the team Godden f loated to Queensland, Sports Mental and Miss Victoria, have also enjoyed wins.

Sports Mental saluted in a $14,000 race at Albion Park after three successive placings at Redcliffe.

In seven outings at Redcliffe Miss Victoria, bought by Godden before heading north, completed a hattrick of wins on Wednesday night after winning on the track on August 12 and 18 which followed running seconds at her first two outings in Queensland.

Miss Victoria contests the same race as Ajay Breezy Rose tomorrow night.

Godden is not in any hurry to get home because he would have to quarantine for a fortnight away from his Nanneella farm.

‘‘My son and some workers are working on the farm and I can’t stay there when I get home until I quarantine for a fortnight somewhere else, so I might as well be up here for the time being,’’ Godden said.

‘‘I’m now looking to getting up here every year now for four months in the winter and spend the rest of my time back home.’’

While in Queensland Godden is preparing his team on his daughter’s farm training track about 20 minutes from Redcliffe.

Moran guns ’em down

Shepparton horseman David Moran left his hoofprint on Saturday night’s Bendigo metropolit­an meeting.

Moran drove three winners at the meeting — one he prepares himself and the other two for top trainer Emma Stewart.

He struck first with Allset, a pacer he trains, before partnering the Stewart-trained Cover Of Darkness and Yianni to wins.

Allset notched his fifth win from 14 starts after being taken to the lead in the early stages and then comfortabl­y holding his rivals at bay in the run to the judge.

Promising trotter Cover Of Darkness was sent from midfield to the front with just more than 1000m to run and held of all rivals to record his 10th victory from 13 starts.

The win took his prizemoney to more than $100,000.

Moran’s other winner for Stewart, Yianni, also a short-priced favourite, worked to the front early and had no problems shaking off his rivals, beating Shady Azz and the Donna Castles-trained and driven Sofala, who ran a bold race.

Moran also drove the four-yearold son of Changeover to victory at his previous start at Kilmore on August 21.

Moran just missed a top three placing with another of his team, the NSW Derby winner Patsbeachs­torm, who led and was relegated to fourth in a blanket finish in the $40,000 Group Three Victoria Sires Classic for three-year-old pacers in which 3.30m separated the first four placegette­rs with Bondi Lockdown prevailing.

Moran’s hat-trick in the sulky followed on from a win at Kilmore the previous day with another of his team Bide Our Time.

The three-year-old Bettors Delight gelding, formerly prepared by Scott Stewart, has now won his two starts since joining Moran after winning at his previous start in mid June before going for a freshen up.

Moran pushed onto the lead with Bide Our Time in his latest win and he proved too good for Racing Paula and the Mick McMahon-prepared Tino Tere Maori in the run to the judge.

Bide Our Time has had eight starts and his latest win shouldn’t be his last.

Identity now known

Shepparton trainer Steve Duffy produced Secret Identity for her fourth win last week at Kilmore.

The four-year-old A Rocknroll Dance mare put up the run of the meeting to score in a blanket finish after making an unsuccessf­ul early challenge for the lead and then having to race in the death seat for the remainder of the race.

But under strong urging from reinsman Zac Phillips Secret Identity kept finding over the concluding stages and had her nose out on the wire in a finish in which only 2.6m separated the first six placegette­rs.

Duffy has given the former David Aiken-trained pacer 10 starts for two wins, two thirds and a fourth and her record now stands at four wins and four placings from 27 starts.

Right move wins out

A split second decision by underrated reinsman Josh Duggan paved the way for the Wayne Pottertrai­ned Better Day’s win on Friday at Kilmore.

Duggan eased the four-year-old Betterthan­cheddar gelding three deep early in the back straight to avoid being caught up between horses and it proved a winning move.

Despite leading the three-wide lane over the concluding stages Better Day was up to the challenge and in a two-horse duel to the wire held out Madam Annie with the Steve Duffy-trained Janjuc a distant third.

Better Day’s 18 starts have now produced five wins and five placings for Potter, who is having a good run with his horses at the moment.

Two-state double

The Aikens — dad David and son Josh — had a good weekend, producing winners in two states.

David, currently campaignin­g a team in NSW, pulled off a quinella at Menangle on Saturday night.

He produced the first and second placegette­rs in the fast class race with stable stars Max Delight and Malcolms Rhythm.

Group One winner Max Delight, driven by Robert Morris, notched his 19th victory, after taking up the front running from barrier seven and holding off a brave Malcolms Rhythm, who raced in the death seat for the 1609m trip and went down by only a half-neck.

Max Delight, who completed successive wins on the track — he also won there the previous week — has now had six starts at Menangle in this campaign and has won two races and finished third twice.

Malcolms Rhythm, driven by Ashley Hart, was having his third outing at Menangle and this was his best run.

He lines up again tomorrow night at Menangle in the $30,000 Kevin Newman Free-For-All.

Josh Aiken also didn’t miss out at the Bendigo metropolit­an meeting the same night, scoring a comfortabl­e win on the talented Sirletic.

The former Gavin Lang-prepared pacer came from last at the bell to haul in his rivals over the concluding stages for a soft win at the finish.

The Rocknroll Hanover gelding had scored at his previous start at Ballarat on August 14 and his 16 wins and 15 placings from 43 starts have earned more than $205,000.

There’s a glint of hope

A lot of people will be hoping the name of a winner at Maryboroug­h last week can transfer to the human race given the testing current COVID-19 conditions.

Life Gets Better was the name of the winner who is prepared by Craig Turnbull and was driven to victory by his daughter Abbey.

Abbey gave the four-year-old Betterthan­cheddar gelding every chance in the run and he wore down the pacemaker Jilliby Dingo in the run to the judge for his third win.

It ended a run of 15 starts out of the winner’s circle.

Life Gets Better had one start at Bathurst as a two-year-old when he finished third, but has been in the Turnbull barn for his next 36 starts which have also produced 13 minor placings.

Revani a machine

Wahring-based Aldebaran Park looks to have a trotter with a big future — Aldebaran Revani.

The All-American bred four-yearold mare made it four Menangle wins on the trot with a blistering 1:53.9 mile rate putting her rivals to sword on Tuesday.

Trained by Belinda McCarthy and driven by concession reinsman Jack Callaghan, Aldebaran Revani pulled out a 56.5 last half to leave her rivals standing in a dashing display.

At her previous start on the track she won by more than 36m in 1:54.2 mile rate time over the 1609m which was a personal best in her 14 starts to that stage and Tuesday’s effort even upstaged that effort.

Aldebaran Revani is by Donato Hanover out of the Catab Hall mare Coffeecake Hanover and had nine starts in America for two wins and three minor placings from 10 starts before making her way to Australia.

Aldebaran Revani was bought in America as a yearling by Aldebaran Park principal Duncan McPherson and made her Australian debut at Menangle in June when she overraced and ran second to the former Sheron Park-owned four-year-old Right Moves.

She hasn’t been beaten in four starts since and boasts a total winning margin of 77.2m in those wins.

Justa gets job done

Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore f lew the f lag for northern Victorian trainers this week at Echuca.

The Blackmore-prepared Justa Philtra was the only winner from the area to savour success at the Frank Ryan Raceway.

Driven by James Herbertson, Justa Philtra was sent to the death seat for the final lap and was able to out-plug the 80/1 locally-trained Sassyfeet and Joeys Hangover in the run to the judge to record her third win with 12 minor placings from 32 starts.

It was the four-year-old Auckland Reactor mare’s third start since returning to racing after going for a spell in April and provided Herbertson with the first leg of a driving double.

He also partnered the Trish McVeigh-trained gelding Clem McArdle to his seventh win later in the program.

Coming up

Today: Kilmore (n), Mildura (n).

Tomorrow: Geelong (n).

Sunday: Shepparton (t).

Monday: Warragul (d).

Tuesday: Melton (n).

Wednesday: Stawell (d), Bendigo (n).

Thursday: Echuca (n).

 ??  ?? Godden’s own country: Col Godden is making the most of his sojourn to Queensland.
Godden’s own country: Col Godden is making the most of his sojourn to Queensland.

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