Shane Nichols stepped Godavari (4g Lonhro – Entango by Entrepreneur) out to a mile for the first time in the third at Moe last Thursday. With Mark Zahra on he was taken back where he over raced in the early stages before working into the race from the 600 metres. Although wide he strode to the lead after straightening and was strong to the line to win by three lengths. Godavari had been galloped on the near hind leg during the run making the win even more impressive.
Race replay: 16 Oct 14 Moe R3
Godavari, pictured above as a yearling, had been placed in his first three starts, including finishing runner up to subsequent dual Group 1 winner Trust in A Gust on debut and missing in a photo at his third start.
Godavari was not the only winning Lauriston bred horse that Mark Zahra rode last week. Nick Harnett’s Chiavari (3f Teofilo – Nova Gen by General Nediym) was debuting at Cranbourne’s Friday night meeting in the third over 1000 metres for fillies. Although it was her first start she hadn’t been missed by punters who sent her out as the $2.10 favourite. Her ability had been exposed four weeks earlier in a Cranbourne trial where she finished a close up third without Mark Zahra moving a muscle.
On Friday Mark was positive and rode the filly in a forward position although wide. Chiavari (pictured) handled her first race well and when asked at the 200 found another gear to run away to a 2.5 length victory. It was certainly an exciting start to the filly’s career.
Race replay: 17 Oct 14 Cranbourne R3
Nick Harnett is proving to be an astute judge of horse flesh. He has purchased three yearlings from Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm Magic Millions’ Adelaide draft over three different years. In 2010 Nick purchased Cavallo Nero. Cavallo Nero has won four races for Nick, earned more than $140,000 and been placed at Group 3 level. Nick purchased Chiavari in 2013 and earlier this year he purchased a striking chestnut colt be Star Witness from Articulation.
Not to be outdone another first time winner with the LTF brand returned to the winners stall. Polinelli (4g Hard Spun – Inthemix by Easy Rocking) won yesterday. Polinelli (pictured as a yearling) won his maiden over 1300 metres at Avoca yesterday for Boris Thornton who was riding for his father and trainer Glenn Thornton.
Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm would like to congratulate all of the winning connections of Godavari, Chiavari and Polinelli. Respectively the three are the 82nd, 83rd and 84th individual winners bred at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm.