Ghodeleine steps up to city class

Three-year-old filly Ghodeleine, bred to be at her best at four or five, made it two wins from three starts with an impressive victory at Morphettville on Saturday, December 9.

The Tony McEvoy-trained Ghodeleine was a $3.80 chance and finished best in the Mt Lofty Vineyards Handicap (1500m) to score a neck win from Deplorable ($2.60 fav) with Angel’s Wish ($12), a similar margin away third.

On-course from the group of owners were Charles Bavin, who saw his first city winner, Sinead Flannery and Sam Hayes of Cornerstone Stud.

Assistant trainer Calvin McEvoy paid tribute to winning jockey Jason Holder.

“The plan had been to take a more prominent position, but the filly showed no early speed and settled at the tail of the field,” McEvoy said.

“Fortunately, Jason was aware of the lack of speed in the race and made a winning move by bringing the filly wide around the home turn and have her in a challenging position.

“Once in the straight, the filly fought on strongly to win.”

McEvoy said Ghodeleine was bred to be best suited over more ground and with a bit of age.

“What she is doing now is a bonus.

“She improved markedly from her debut win at Murray Bridge on November 16 to warrant a chance at city company and, again, she has stepped up. She is a definite improver.”



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