Oh She's Good!
Jun 03, 2018
Last time the talented mare Good Oh headed to Ballarat where she was to contest a race in which she was a short priced favourite, she decided in the mounting yard that she was not really in the mood - dislodging her rider and taking off.
Fortunately she was in a better frame of mind on Sunday with jockey Luke Nolen happy to report that "fortunately she did not remember her escape artistry from the last time she was here!"
Settling back along the rails in the 1400m Class 1 event, Good Oh travelled well for Nolen and when the gaps came in the straight she was off and away - spotting the leaders five or so lengths at the turn but really charging and getting clear late to salute by a soft and impressive 1 1/2 lenghts.
"She travelled well behind them and got her chance to get into the race in the straight," Nolen said, adding that "she then ran away with it - it was an encouraging win."
And somewhat of a relief with Good Oh not having won since claiming her maiden at Sandown in March last year.
"She was way down in grade and expected to win but it was still nice to see her do it," Michael Kent said.
"Time has been good to her," Kent said of the four-year-old he describes as "a very tall and really immature mare."
Always showing ability - running some nice races in Saturday company at three - Good Oh likes the sting out and was suited by Ballarat's soft going although at one stage Kent worried that the track was drying out a bit too much.
"The wet ground really suits so the winter is the right time of year for her."
An Inglis Easter Yearling Sale graduate by Red Ransom's BTC Cup winning son Duporth, Good Oh is out of the stakes winning Snitzel mare Zelsnitz. Also dam of the five times winner Montague Clan, she was served last spring by Brazen Beau having produced a Teofilo filly last spring.
Zelsnitz's third dam is one of the greats of the turf, Northern Dancer's finest daughter Fanfreluche (pictured with Good Oh's third dam L'On Vite) who has made her mark around the world with her influential Australian bred descendants including Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur.