Feb 21, 2018
The stable headed to Kyneton with two runners on Wednesday and we were delighted to cheer them both home to victory - Brooklands winning the first and Goethe the seventh.
Recovering quickly off a tardy start to sit midfield along the rails, Goethe was always travelling well for the stable's newest apprentice Chelsea MacFarlane.
Needing luck coming to the turn, Goethe was eased out smoothly by MacFarlane early in the straight and once into the clear down the middle of the track he was strong to the line - charging to the lead and racing away to salute by an impressive 2 1/2 lengths.
"He travelled well in behind them and when the runs started to come he just picked up and quickened like a horse who has done it all before," McFarlane said.
It was the second smart win from just four starts for the Bel Esprit gelding who made his debut for the stable at the same track a few weeks ago - saluting by a similarly wide margin on that day.
"I used to train this horse," said proud owner and breeder Tricia Cox who hails from a famous local family (yes that one, a rather good race is named after an ancestor!), "but he was too much of a handful for me."
"Mick has done a fabulous job with him, he has turned him around."
Giving good thought into naming her horses, Tricia named Goethe after a renowned German philosopher "of very high intellect."
"And Bel Esprit means fine mind."
Tricia was delighted with McFarlane's ride, noting that "she did everything exactly as Mick told her."
"Though coming to the turn I did have my heart in my mouth a bit!!"
"But it was a fantastic win, he went to the line with his ears pricked."
Tricia was joined in the winners room by several friends including fellow stable client Joan Walker and she took a number of phone calls from well wishers including Sue Ellis who broke Goethe in.
"She always said that she liked him, that he was a lovely, athletic horse," Tricia said.
Tricia has plenty to look forward to, not only with Goethe who should continue through the classes, but with other progeny of his dam Solarco.
"His full brother Orwell is a totally different but still very nice horse and his Written Tycoon half-brother went to breaker Ray Matthews this week."
Tricia sent Solarco to Bel Esprit "hoping to breed a Black Caviar" - that champion also being by Bel Esprit out of a Desert Sun mare.
PHOTO: Tricia Cox celebrates with Joan Walker