Mar 21, 2018
There were a few tense moments for Goethe's breeder and owner Tricia Cox at Kyneton on Wednesday, her talented four-year-old - who was an odds-on favourite in the BM64 1200m contest - not arriving on course as early as he should have.
Stuck in traffic, Goethe did make it in time though Racing Victoria vets had a quick look at him to make sure the rush did not affect him adversely... but there was no danger of that with Mick Kent joking that "he arrived, put his head down and caught a quick nap!"
He was still relaxed in the race, settling at the rear but always travelling well for in-form apprentice Chelsea MacFarlane who has been riding so well for us during her three month Victorian stint.
Saving ground approaching the turn, Goethe was smoothly steered out widest into the straight and once asked for his effort he quickly let go, reeling in his rivals and racing away by 1 1/2 lengths.
It was a third Kyneton victory in a row for Goethe who has risen in class each time and he is unbeaten for the stable having begun his career trained by his owner who found the robust gelding a bit tricky to handle!
Goethe's win was part of stable and jockey doubles and it was the second time this week that Chelsea has kicked home two winners on the same day. She is riding so well that Mick Kent hopes her stay can become a more permanent one.
"You don't get too many 3kg claiming apprentices as strong as her riding in the country," he said.
Chelsea, who was raised in Swan Hill where her mother was for many years a Clerk Of The Course, honed her skills in pony club before applying for the Racing Victoria apprenticeship programme.
Unfortunately she was knocked back but not to be deterred, she headed to New South Wales where she has worked for Peter Stanley, Neville Layt and Mick Smith.
"She is settling in really well in Victoria now," Kent said, "and it looks like she will make the grade here."