God’s Own strikes at Gosford

NSW owner-trainer Norm Rogers will send a couple of mares to Greta West Stud sire God’s Own after his 3yo filly Alaskan Wolf won again at Gosford on Thursday.

Alaskan Wolf improved her record to 4 wins in 7 starts with a quick closing sprint in the TAB Benchmark 65 Hcp (1000m).  “It should be an even better strike-rate because she was a good thing beaten last time,” Rogers said.  “She’s going through the grades and we might look for a midweek race in town now.

“She’s an athletic filly and all credit to whoever looked after her education – she’s a beautiful horse to handle.

Alaskan Wolf is a full-sister to brilliant God’s Own galloper Sirbible who graduated from Alice Springs sprints to win at Moonee Valley (2) and Morphettville earlier this season.

Their dam No Fable (Hemingway) and second-dam No Mischief (Mister C), a Listed winner of the 1995 Vanity Stakes at Flemington, were bred by TBV Life Member Tim Stewart.

God’s Own stands at Greta West Stud for a $3,300 (inc gst) service fee.  “I liked him as a racehorse and he’s great value for anyone who breeds to race,” Rogers added.  “I rent stables to Paddy Busuttin on the Gold Coast and he’s training a good filly up there named Godzone Girl.

“One of the mares I’ve booked into God’s Own is Matavai.  She was the fastest thing you’ve ever seen over 600m.”  A winning Shaft mare, Matavai has a yearling filly by Van Nistleroy and her second-dam is a sister to champion galloper Tobin Bronze.

Alaskan Wolf gave Josh Parr a welcome return to race riding after hip surgery had kept him on the sidelines since December.  “It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that winning feeling,” Parr said.  “I couldn’t sit still this morning so my wife Amanda told me to get out of the house and take our daughter Bonnie for a walk.

“I really appreciate the opportunity from Norm.  The inside draw made the job that little bit easier and the horse was trained to the minute.”