Gold Heist looks another promising galloper in the making for Ridgeview Park stallion Golden Snake.
The Mick Kent trained filly heads to the paddock after impressive victories at Ballarat and Caulfield in June – July. “She is a filly I have always liked and is such a sweetheart at home,” Kent said. “But when she gets to the track, she’s one tough racehorse. She pins her ears back and is very competitive.”
Gold Heist (3f Golden Snake – Felony by Export Price) overcame a wide trip and severe interference to double up the Martin Collins Australia Hcp (1400m) at Caulfield before going for a break. “She’s so tough,” jockey Brad Rawiller said back in the enclosure. “It was a gutsy performance to pick herself up and find the line.”
A homebred for Lynden Park owner Julie Nairn, the lightly raced filly is a half-sister to iron-horse Lord Lucan (Ali-Royal). He won twice in Melbourne before embarking on a country cups career in the Mallee and Sunraysia regions.
Nairn stands Golden Snake at Ridgeview Park in association with studmaster Phil Sloane. He is priced at a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee this year and broodmare owners who support him will be rewarded with a bonus nomination to use next year. Or, if they have two mares for this year, they can send both to Golden Snake for the price of one.
A son of Danzig, Golden Snake (USA) won the G1 Prix Jean Prat and G1 Prix Ganay and the best of his Australian progeny has been G1 Railway Stakes winner Gilded Venom.
Ridgeview Park is based 35km north-east of Bendigo at Muskerry. Apart from Golden Snake, its roster includes the Redoute’s Choice stallions Best Choice & Dr Doute’s and the British imports Illustrious Blue (Dansili) & Scintillo (Fantastic Light).