Floodgates set to open for River Goddess after breakthrough win

Oct 20, 2016

Blinkers did the trick for River Goddess at the second attempt in the Responsible Gambling Awareness Week Plate (1600m) at Pakenham

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra added the headgear to River Goddess after an even run at Geelong in September but the blinkers produced an instant effect in the filly’s next outing at Cranbourne.

A pleasing second left connections confident of a Pakenham win, which River Goddess duly delivered with Chris Symons in the saddle.

Symons let the three-year-old settle in the second half of the field before allowing her to improve out wide rounding the home turn.

River Goddess took time to wind up before the daughter of Norther Meteor finished hard to get home narrowly, breaking her maiden at her ninth attempt.

“She did a great job,” Symons said.

“She was tardy away and ended up further back than I anticipated but the pace was good.

“We got moving at probably the 500(m) and she was in a striking position on straightening but she took her time getting there.”

River Goddess earned connections a terrific sum of $36,150 in prizemoney and bonuses for her strong Pakenham success, which took her stakes tally to more than $62,000.

Congratulations to River Goddess’s owners and all involved with her breakthrough win.