Patience pays with Disciple

God’s Own turned the corner into June by siring a winning city double within minutes on Saturday.

Disciple (Rosehill) and Almighty Bullet (Morphettville) opened their winter accounts after last-start wins in May.

Last month was a busy one for God’s Own. After moving to Greta West Stud midway through May, his strike-rate spiralled with 12 winners in the next fortnight.

Sydney based Disciple helped spark the winning streak at Rosehill on May 11 and was back on home turf with an even easier victory in the Catholic Trade Training Hcp (1200m) on June 1. “He’s got a great turn of foot,” trainer Chris Waller said. “He just keeps improving since we’ve kept him to sprint trips this year.”

Disciple (4g God’s Own – Myrrh by Nassipour) is beginning to blossom with the benefit of three previous preps starting with a sighter as a July two year-old at Warwick Farm. Returning as an autumn three year-old, he won a Gosford maiden and then broke through in town at Canterbury.

After another spell, Waller brought him back for a Warwick Farm win over 1600m in December before an injury in the barriers put him on the ropes at Rosehill. “He banged his forehead and near-side knee in the gates,” Waller recalled. “He was passed fit but it was a very heavy track that day and he floundered in the going.

“Luckily, he showed enough early on for us to persevere,” Waller added. “I guess he will creep up to 1400m but not any further. He’s going well at 1200m and Saturday wins mean good money for owners.”

Disciple was a $100,000 buy for part-owner Colm Santry at the 2010 Gold Coast Magic Millions and the last two Rosehill collects have boosted his earnings to $240,000.

Following Saturday’s result, TVN anchor Carolyn Searcy tapped into a prevailing point of view about God’s Own. “That was a very impressive win,” Searcy said. “They’re saying God’s Own gallopers come good when given time and Disciple is a good example of that.”

God Own’s has settled in without any hassles at the McCarthy family’s long-established farm at Greta West. Studmaster Laurie McCarthy is standing him for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee. McCarthy can be contacted on 0410 476 196.

– Karl Patterson