SEYMOUR trainer Stephen Brown has a smart galloper in Heavenly Eagle, a $2.30 favourite, judging by the gelding’s win at Ballarat on Sunday.
The New Zealand-bred son of Echoes Of Heaven and King’s Daughter didn’t let favourite punters down in taking out the $35,000 Cressbells Three-Years-Old Maiden Plate over 1200 metres.
Giving leading rider Craig Williams the first leg of a running double, the gelding defeated Gusmao, $4.40, by three quarters of a length with Mocca Diamond a further three and a half lengths away third.
The gelding deserved the win as his only two previous runs were a second and third placings at Sandown Hillside.
Brown said the gelding will derive a lot from the win.
“He’s still learning as he is big gangly horse,” Brown said.
Brown purchased the gelding in New Zealand for his brother Roy and a number of stable clients.
“I’ll talk to Craig (Williams) in the next couple of days to see how good he is and whether there’s a good race in him,” Brown said.
Hoofnote: It was a good 24 hours for the popular Williams as he rode a winning treble at Morphettville (SA) on Saturday including the Listed
Port Adelaide Cup and the Group 2 $202,250 Tobin Bronze Stakes.
Later on the Ballarat program, Kilmore trainer Cathleen Wilson just missed scoring a threepeat with her stable star Jack Of It, a $3.10 favourite.
After wins at home and Geelong from his only starts this prep, the Puissance De Lune four-year-old gelding was having his first try over the 1600 metres.
Leading for most of the journey, the gelding showed plenty of fight in the home straight only to go down by a neck by the Maddie Raymond-trained Rolls, $5.
Turf meeting Thursday
Kilmore Racing Club will host its penultimate turf meeting for the 2021-22 season at bet365 Park Kilmore on Thursday.
Dining bookings for the Trackside Bistro or the Alfresco area can be made by ringing Trackside on 5783 0777.
Admission is free for the meeting.
The final turf meting for the season at bet365 Park Kilmore will be on Thursday, May 26.