Will Godiva Rock in the Blue Diamond?

Feb 18, 2013

by Andrew Garvey, Racing Victoria

Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes contender Godiva Rock, ridden by Craig Williams, worked nicely at Cranbourne this morning but trainer Mick Kent will wait until tomorrow morning before deciding whether to start the promising filly in the Group 1 event.

The filly which has only had one start, when running third in a Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Prelude, was scheduled to work with fellow Blue Diamond aspirant Crack A Roadie, before Kent elected to work her over 800 metres rather than 1000 metres.

''She worked really well over half a mile (800m) , home three (600m) and ran some nice time,'' Kent said.

Kent said that Godiva Rock had come through her debut run behind Diamond favourite Guelph very well but he wanted to see how she did over the next 24 hours, before making a decision on a Blue Diamond start.

''She's been coping really well and has come on a lot since her first run and you can tell from her work that she's a lot more switched on mentally.''

''I just want to see how she is in the morning and chat with the owners before making a final decision.''

Kent says Godiva Rock who is a big filly, is not a jump and run type and takes a bit of time to wind up so might not be suited by the hustle and bustle of the Blue Diamond.

''I've got a feeling she'll be a better three-year-old over further and at this stage she might be better suited down the straight at Flemington in the Breeders Stakes but we'll talk over the pros and cons of a Diamond start and see where we get to.''

Kent is also unsure whether he will start highly regarded colt High Shot in the Group 2 BMW Caulfield Autumn Classic (1800m) on Saturday, with the trainer interested in seeing how the likely field looks, before making a final decision.

''I think a lot of horses were going to the Guineas in the belief that All Too Hard would not be running and where he goes will have an effect on the race on Saturday.

''We will enter him on Saturday and just see how strong it looks before making up our minds.''

Kent said High Shot had been very colty before his first up failure at Caulfield but he had taken the son of High Chaparral to Flemington last Saturday and he had been on his best behaviour.

''He just lost it at Caulfield and was terrible when we were saddling him up but he's usually very quiet and he was perfectly behaved when I took him to Flemington on Saturday.''

While he is confident of a much better run on either Saturday or at Flemington, Kent said the Australian Derby at Randwick is High Shot's major target this preparation.

''He goes well the Sydney way of going and loves it wet so the Derby up there is his major aim.''

The trainer also reported that Philippi pulled up well after his run in the C. S. Hayes Stakes at Flemington on Saturday in good style and is on track for the Australian Guineas.

''He was ridden handy in a race without speed and got outsprinted but really hit the line well and came through it well so he's heading to the Guineas for sure.''