Gear change makes River the Goddess of Moe

May 25, 2017

A gear change was enough for River Goddess to return to winning ways at Moe.

River Goddess has shown ability throughout her career, which includes a solid fifth placing in stakes company during last year’s Melbourne Cup carnival, but had taken time to hit her best form this time in.

The three-year-old ran well at her two previous outings at Mornington and Werribee but trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra decided to remove blinkers from the daughter of Northern Meteor for her Moe outing.

The Flemington-based duo also added a tongue tie to River Goddess for the first heat of the Gippsland Middle Distance Series (1623m).

Experienced international jockey Noel Callow gave River Goddess a comfortable run behind the speed before the filly’s quality shone through in the straight as she scored what turned out to be a soft win.

“She has ability but like any horse, it’s just a matter of getting the best out of her,” Zahra said.

“We took the blinkers off to try and get her to settle a bit better and she did that very well for Noel and that made all the difference.

“She switched off a relaxed and saved her energy for when she needed it later in the race and she got the result.”

River Goddess notched her second win at her 17th start while the $9600 winner’s cheque took her stakes tally to more than $81,000.

Congratulations to great stable supporters Hesket Bloodstock on yet another win in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.