God's Own (AUS)
GOD'S OWN. 10 Starts. 3-3-0 $999,500.
Won Caulfield Caulfield Guineas [G1] (1600 m.), Randwick 2 YO H. (1200 m.), Rosehill 3 YO and Up Class 3 H. (1200 m.). 2d Flemington Lightning S. [G1] , Caulfield Autumn S. [G3] , Caulfield Guineas Prelude [G3] . 4th Rosehill Golden Rose S. [L] .
GOD'S OWN commenced his career in style, winning his only start at 2 by an easy 2.5 lengths in Saturday class at Warwick Farm.
At only his second start as an August three year old, God's Own defeated older gallopers over 1200m. On that occasion God's Own was remarkably equal top-weight, giving weight, experience and performance away to older gallopers.
God's Own was rated the highest 3yo Colt in Timeform Ratings for Australasia, ahead of Snitzel, Stratum, California Dane, Darci Brahma, Jet Spur, Primus, and Ferocity.
He was the only son of Redoute's Choice to extend his brilliance to 1600m at Group 1 level i.e. sprinter/miler. His extraordinary win in the Million Dollar Group 1 Caulfield Guineas over top class 3yo's Paratroopers and Primus was simply sensational, overcoming two instances of severe interference. This race also contained several other highly rated horses including Golden Slipper hero Stratum, and Australian Guineas winner Apache Cat.
The Caulfield Guineas has proven a ‘Sires’ race, with previous winners including Show a Heart, Redoute's Choice, St. Covet, Grosvenor, Sovereign Red, and Luskin Star. The race was also won by highly promising sire and champion racehorse Lonhro.
Aside from his Caulfield Guineas triumph, God's Own's outstanding 2nd to Champion international sprinter Takeover Target in Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington was also memorable. This race attracted a top class field including Group 1 winners Snitzel, Proprietor, Perlin, Stratum, Takeover Target and Cape of Good Hope, as well as Group 1 placed Rewaaya and Golden Slipper placegetter Media. Running the final 600m in a sizzling 32.86, seconds, God's Own showed his outstanding turn of foot, a key ingredient to successful stallions in Australia.