River Goddess dead-heats for first at Wangaratta

Dec 05, 2017

River Goddess was the second Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained runner to dead-heat for first in the space of five weeks at Wangaratta.

Do It For Dottie was dead-heated for the major prize in a race at Benalla before River Goddess shared the major prize when resuming at Wangaratta.

River Goddess was a winner in Benchmarj 64 company at Ballarat in June and trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra started her summer preparation in that class in the Cabinets by Webb Rising Stars Race (1400m).

Ellerton and Zahra were able to secure the services of Ben Thompson in the race restricted to apprentice riders and the young jockey had to earn his riding fee after putting the mare under pressure a long way from home.

River Goddess was under the whip well before the home turn but the daughter of Northern Meteor refused to wilt, driving to the line once Thompson shifted the whip into his left hand, to dead-heat with the locally-trained Electric Charlie.

“She took a long time to get warm but she really attacked the line well late,” Zahra said.

“Ben really had to get to work to get her going before the home turn because she had relaxed so well in the run.

“Ben did a good job to switch the whip into his right hand and she really responded to him well late.

“I thought it was a really good effort.”

River Goddess earned $7200 for her share of first place, which took her stakes tally to more than $118,000.

Congratulations to owner and breeder Hesket Bloodstock on River Goddess’s latest win.