Perhaps 2200m was a distance short of her best or perhaps the fast dirt surface was less than ideal but Goddess Of Heaven could manage only sixth place on her racecourse debut. There were no obvious excuses from the race itself and it was clear she must have shown plenty on the gallops at home to justify the entry in such a high grade race first time out.
Whatever the reason, Moletown‘s filly made amends in no uncertain terms in her next race where she was up a furlong in distance and the turf course was riding soft. The very same conditions she would encounter on Saturday in the Classic Challenge Qualifier Juvenile for 2yo Fillies. The other variance was the blinkers which she had worn on her debut but were left off when she won last time. They were back on for today. Amongst her principal rivals was Divine Diva Stables‘ chestnut filly, Island Diva, winner of a Monthly Challenge Qualifier and a runner-up in a further two. The race had an open feel to it though with all participants being lightly raced and with the possibility of considerable improvement still to come.
Goddess Of Heaven did not get the smoothest of passages throughout the race but demonstrated real quality to score despite it with Nazir Al-Khalifa up. She got home a half length to the good of Foxy911’s Venusian Storm in second with shotgun_mike’s Enter The Wu Tang a further half length back in third. At this early stage, Goddess Of Heaven sits third in the standings for the Classic Challenge Final Juvenile, one point behind Venusian Storm and two points off the current leader, She Devil’s She Will Survive.
Half an hour earlier, the cream of the juvenile colts took center stage. Memory Of Cole was a popular choice amongst the punters. Currock Park‘s bay colt was unbeaten in his first two starts before finishing third in the Sprinters Challenge Qualifier Juvenile on his most recent outing. Liveoak Stables’ Gun For Hire had achieved a similar level of form. Perhaps the standout though was Divine Diva Stables’ colt, Kamikraziee. The bay had finished fourth in a maiden first time up but had won both his subsequent starts, including in a Classic Challenge Qualifier last time out.
Things fell kindly thoughout the race for Kamikraziee and despite giving away 2lb to the placed horses, he ran out a ready winner under Charlie Saxon, making it three wins from just four career starts. Muggins Racing‘s twice raced Blue Feather was his closest pursuer while Liveoak Stables’ Gun For Hire stayed on well to take third. Memory Of Cole was the hard luck story of the race, being denied a run at a crucial stage under Tom Kerr. He might well fare better in future.
This second qualifying win takes Kamikraziee to the head of the standings and open up an early five point on the chasing pack. He now has eleven points, Blue Feather is on six and Gun For Hire has five.