He Is Good!
Sep 19, 2015
It has never been smooth sailing for Good Value, a horse who has endured his fair share of set-backs but who just keeps finding the line - doing a great job to claim victory in Saturday's Fight Cancer Foundation Handicap at Caulfield.
Getting back off a tardy start and making his run from the 600m, Good Value looked to have his rivals covered 100m from home but did not put his nose out right until the line.
"Look at him," Michael Kent laughed, "he is just such a complacent horse."
"We can't work him too hard due to the injuries he has suffered so he has become very laid-back, very casual about things."
The winner of his first three starts in mid-2010, Good Value has run some great races in good company, finishing fourth at Listed level on three occasions.
But unfortunately due to injury he has been lightly raced, this latest victory his ninth from only 26 starts.
Now nine, Good Value was first held up by a knee injury that required surgery and, after a Caulfield win in August last year, he suffered from a stress fracture to his pelvis.
"He has been plagued by injury," Kent said, "so it is great to see him winning today"'
"He is a horse with a big motor and he has been racing in great form. I think there will be something for him over the spring."
"A Country Cup or a race at Flemington will suit - there are plenty of races for him," he continued, adding that Good Value "is the soundest we've ever had him."
Raced by Avedis Damirdjian, Adrian Smith, Rafi Poladian, Brian Tozer, Antranik Bedrosian, Dominic Piscioneri, Tony Beuk, Giuseppe Pacchiarotta, Mario Crisafulli, Harry Tachjian and H Vitale, Good Value is by Face Value out of the city winning Jeune mare Jeune's Heart.
The stable went close to a double with Danestroem a gallant second in the Bendigo Bank Handicap two races later and Scratchy Bottom was pleasing first up without a great deal of luck in the same race.