Sale topper Godspeed wins first trial

There is sure to be plenty of hype surrounding the debut of Easter sale topper Godspeed next month following the colt’s impressive trial victory on Tuesday.

Godspeed, by Redoute’s Choice out of Regrowth, fetched $1.875 million at this year’s Easter sale and made light work of his first public appearance in a 900m heat at Rosehill.

The youngster took up the running in the trial and was under a tight hold by jockey Tim Clark as he cruised to a 2-1/2 length victory.

Clark even had time to have a big look behind him inside the final 100m.

Trainer Gerald Ryan said Godspeed had shown ability right from day one.

“I know he goes good but I was surprised how easily he did it today,” Ryan said.

“He’s a great natured colt, he’s got a great action and does everything to please you. He’s a nice horse.”

Ryan has pencilled in a 2YO Handicap for colts and geldings on January 15 at Rosehill for Godspeed’s debut.

“There’s a race on the eighth (of January) but it’s 1200 metres and on the 15th it’s 1100,” the trainer said.

Godspeed defeated the Chris Waller-trained Abbotslon with Destiny’s Dance, also from the Waller yard, another 2-1/4 lengths further back in a winning time of 55.64 seconds.

Kitchwin Hills Stud bought Godspeed at the sales and has since brought other partners in to race the colt.