God’s Own has timed his relocation to Greta West Stud with a rush of winners in the last week.
The Group 1 winning son of Redoute’s Choice has sired 8 winners in the last 8 days. “He’s been on a roll since the announcement last Wednesday,” Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy said. “He’s been given a great foundation with big books and there’s plenty more winners in the pipeline.”
God’s Own was the subject of several bids from local and interstate studs after his previous base at Eliza Park was put on the market.
Still only a 10 year-old, God’s Own has sired 115 individual winners of 244 races in his first three crops. He is running fifth on the Victorian sires’ premiership this season with earnings of $2.26 million.
His current winning run began with a city double courtesy of Destiny Rising (Canterbury) and Manor Lady (Sandown) last Wednesday. Destiny Rising bolted in by four lengths first-up and will be sent north for the LR Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) on June 29.
God’s Own put the finishing touches on a amazing afternoon for Chris Waller on Saturday when Disciple descended from a dozen lengths off the pace to win at Rosehill.
And on Sunday, it was the turn of Inner Warrior to claim the Tasmanian Sires’ Produce Stakes in Launceston. Further afield, Happy Soldiers won in Macau and Unholy Miss won for Scone based trainer Luke Griffith on Monday.
God’s Own was prepared by Bart Cummings and the master trainer weighed in with Swift Judgement back at Canterbury on Wednesday. The gelding launched a last-to-first finish to score over 1900 metres carrying Dato Tan Chin Nam’s famous black and white checked colours.
The Rob Heathcote trained San Jose made it 8 wins in as many days at the Gold Coast on Wednesday. It was his second victory this month following another front-running result at Eagle Farm on May 1.
San Jose also has links with Cummings. He is owned by Wilf and Rosemary Mula who raced 2009 AJC Derby winner Roman Emperor with Bart and Dato Tan Chin Nam.
God’s Own claimed one of the more memorable editions of the G1 Caulfield Guineas in 2005. He suffered severe interference twice in a rough-house classic but got up off the canvas to run down Sydney star Paratroopers.
He returned as an autumn three year-old to be narrowly beaten by champion sprinter Takeover Target in the G1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington.
Cummings gave trainers a word of advice when he retired God’s Own. “He’s a cracking type and possessed an exceptional turn-of-foot. As long as people are patient, he will make the grade at stud!”
God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) will stand at Greta West for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee this year alongside Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) and King of Prussia (Anabaa).
Broodmare owners can contact Laurie McCarthy on (03) 5727 6243 or 0410 476 196.
Further information is available at: www.gretaweststud.com.au
– Karl Patterson