Last year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale topper, Godspeed (Redoute’s Choice – Regrowth, by Unbridled’s Song) finally broke through for his first win at Monday’s Mornington meeting.
Godspeed fetched $1.875 million at the 2010 Newmarket sale but a lack of maturity consigned the colt to defeats at his first four starts. The three-year-old had two runs as a juvenile as part of the Gerald Ryan stable in Sydney before connections shifted the colt south to join the Peter Moody yard.
Godspeed led all the way to claim the MRC Events Maiden Plate (1527m) at his fifth start. Moody said the colt has had excuses for his defeats but had plenty to learn before reaching his potential.
“He needed that for his confidence as he copped a battering at Flemington and before that didn’t like the wet first up,” Moody told TVN.
“He’ll be a very nice mile or a mile-and-a-quarter horse in time. Whether that’s this preparation or in the autumn, I’m not sure.
“With a colt like this, from the day they are born they get wrapped in cotton wool and they get to think they are a bit special.
“we have to teach them to toughen up and get down in the gutter and get a bit dirty. He’s done that today and it will be all forward for him from now.”
Godspeed is a half-brother to the Group 3 winner Colour (More Than Ready – Regrowth, by Unbridled’s Song). The colt also comes from the same family as Golden Slipper winner Forensics (Flying Spur – Prove It, by Dehere) and stallions Snippets (Lunchtime – Easy Date, by Grand Chaudiere), Zizou (Fusaichi Pegasus – Singles Bar, by Rory’s Jester) and Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice – Singles Bar, by Rory’s Jester).