Having only his third race start for Seymour trainer Stephen Brown, the ex-New Zealand gelding Heavenly Emperor made it back-to-back wins at Flemington last Saturday, sending punters home with their tails between their legs.
A drifter in the market ($41-$51), the Echoes of Heaven gelding got up in the last stride to take out the $135,000 Eugene Gorman 3YO Handicap (1600m), defeating Mr Exclusive ($26) by a nose with Aristocratic Miss ($13) a further 2¼ lengths away third.
The win gave jockey Beau Mertens his second victory on the program.
“He’s done a wonderful job. He’s a beautiful little horse,” Brown said. “I was happy to see him (at the) back, the way they’ve been getting home. The further he goes the better he’ll go.”
Heavenly Emperor came to Australia as a maiden from five starts.
His three starts for Brown (fourth in a Seymour maiden, a Bendigo maiden win and last Saturday’s win) have yielded $94,535.
Highlight of last Thursday’s Seymour meeting was the wins of two bluebloods in the Chris Waller-trained Demand Attention ($4.40) and the Phillip Stokes-trained Good Idea ($9).
Demand Attention is a three-year-old daughter of Starspangledbanner and the three-times Melbourne Cup-winning mare Makybe Diva. The filly was impressive in taking out the $35,000 Ben Davey Plumbing Maiden Plate (2027m).
Good Idea, a four-year-old gelding by dual Cox Plate winner So You Think from Crown Oaks winning-mare Faint Perfume, was equally impressive in taking out the $35,000 Seymour Toyota BM64 Handicap (2027m). The gelding was well handled by in-form apprentice Thomas Stockdale.
Three favourites saluted on the program.
The next scheduled Seymour Racing Club meeting (July 1) has been transferred to Tatura. The next meeting at Seymour will be on Thursday July 25.
Freedoms repays faith
Seymour trainer Barry Goodwin won’t know what hit him when Freedoms goes out for a spell.
The Not a Single Doubt six-year old gelding has been in work for more than 12 months and doesn’t look like he’s had enough judging by the way he took out the Drouin & District Community Bank BM58 Handicap (1600m) on Racing.com Park’s synthetic track on Tuesday.
Ridden by Jarrod Fry, the gelding started at $12, defeating Thurmanator ($12) by a nose with Luke Oliver-trained $3.60 favourite Malevolent a head away third.
Freedoms was saddled up by the trainer’s son Reece, who said the gelding had overcome a tendon inury he suffered on arrival at the stable.
“He had a lot of rehabilitation and it’s paid dividends now. We can’t thank the owners enough for trusting us.
“I think we’ve won five races with him now and he’s really paid his way,” he said.
Originally trained by Mick Price and then by former Seymour trainer Danny Penna, Freedoms has now won seven races with nine minor placings from his 39 starts.
Shades help Cienfuegos
Kyneton trainer George Osborne is no stranger to the border tracks along the Murray River, and came home from Corowa on Tuesday with a winner in Cienfuegos ($2.05).
The three-year old gelding by Floral Pegasus and Tiroliza, ridden by Victorian-based apprentice Alana Kelly, was a comfortable winner of the Pfeiffer Wines Maiden Handicap (900m), defeating Emconi Star ($5) and Trish’s Diamonds ($21).
Having his first run in the clockwise direction, with Osborne applying blinkers for the first time, the gelding wobbled on the turn and was still a little wayward in the straight but won impressively and has a bright future.
Cienfuegos had four starts for on minor placing prior to Tuesday’s win.