Winning double for God’s Own

How appropriate God’s Own should sire a winning double at Bendigo a day before the latest renewal of the G1 Caulfield Guineas.

God’s Own will forever be remembered for his stunning victory in the 2005 Caulfield Guineas.  He got up off the canvas twice to nail Paratroopers and, in due course, a stud career at Eliza Park.

God Help Us (3c God’s Own – By Any Means by Stravinsky) opened his account on debut in the Victorian Seniors Festival Maiden (1000m) for the Gleneagles Syndicate and trainer Shane Nichols.  

Lady Pania (3f God’s Own – Tannadice Park by Rory’s Jester) also won at the first time of asking when she scored a narrow victory in the Underground Cable Systems Maiden (1000m) for trainer Robbie Griffiths.

The Bendigo double comes exactly a week after another God’s Own debutante named Godwilling scored at Wyong for trainer Kris Lees.

Godwilling (3g God’s Own – Millrich by Rubiton) is a three-quarter brother to Danerich who was a G3 winner of the MRC McNeil Stakes at Caulfield.  The Danehill stallion is now based at Rangal Park and has his first crop ready to run in the next month or two.

God’s Own stands at Eliza Park by arrangement with Yallambee Stud.  He was trained by Bart Cummings and the master trainer is on record as saying he is the most impressive stallion prospect he’s ever seen.

Bart is probably a bit prejudiced but with good reason.  Besides winning the Caulfield Guineas, God’s Own returned as an autumn three year-old to be narrowly beaten by Takeover Target in the G1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington.

“God’s Own is a cracking type and possessed an exceptional turn-of-foot,” Bart explained.  “He’s got everything you look for in a stallion and he’s by Australia’s dominant sire Redoute’s Choice.  As long as people are patient, he will make the grade!”

Bart trained his first God’s Own winner when Big Storm scored an impressive victory at Randwick in June.  He also prepares God’s Own filly Dreamcoat who looked a nice type when placed behind stakes winning youngsters Beneteau and Georgette Silk at Randwick in January.

Dreamcoat resumed last month but was on the wrong end of interference in both her starts at Canterbury in September.  With an ounce of luck, she will be winning next time out.

God’s Own stands at Eliza Park for a $27,500 (inc gst) service fee.