Mar 11, 2014
Up until Monday Godiva Rock was considered one of the best maidens in the country – her eye-catching third in last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes stamping her as a horse to follow.
Lightly raced since then, Michael Kent always confident that the daughter of Stratum would improve as she matured, Godiva Rock suffered a couple of defeats as favourite – not always having the best of luck.
And it looked as though that may again be the case at Moonee Valley this week, Godiva Rock drawing an inside gate in the 1200m maiden and getting badly hemmed in.
It was hoped Godiva Rock would settle in the first couple and make her own luck but, as jockey Vlad Duric explained, she just couldn’t quite get there.
“She just didn’t have the speed early as the others came across,” he said.
And so it ended up that Godiva Rock settled behind the leaders in a tricky spot on the fence. And those around her weren’t budging – the filly and Vlad desperate for a run as they approached the turn.
And it was not until straightening that the run came – Godiva Rock forging through the gap once it appeared and racing away to win by a length with plenty in hand.
“I was in a jam at the corner,” said a relieved Duric, “but luckily she was the best horse in the race.”
Kent was also happy to see Godiva Rock break through.
“She is a really nice filly,” he said, noting that she did not quite come up during her spring campaign.
“She got a virus early and just wasn’t at her best.”
“And she is still immature, still raw,” he said, confident that the best is still to come for the promising bay.
“At this stage I will just be happy to win a Saturday race with her,” he said – “but we can have a look at Sydney and Brisbane after that, there are plenty of options.”
Raced by Joy Barassi, David Major, D M Major, Terry Hurford, Eureka Diesel, the MHW Racing Partnership and Everlong Racing (Mgr: B D Anderson), Godiva Rock was a $95,000 Magic Millions purchase.
She is a daughter of the city winning Quest For Fame mare Priceless Jewels from the prolific “Leica” family that has produced the big race winners Leica Smile, Redding, Nothin’ Leica Dane, Leica Show, Luen Yat Forever, Leica Planet, Light Fantastic, Leica Guv, Pharaoh and Leica Lover.