Bel Thor became the latest stakes winner by God’s Own when he edged out the favourite Our Hand Of Faith in the LR Seymour Cup (1600m) on Sunday.
The Wez Hunter trainer galloper had won the $100,000 Antler Luggage Hcp (2000m) at Flemington during the cup carnival last year he will be given the opportunity to bank more black-type at headquarters in the LR Melbourne Cup Day Plate (1800m) on November 4.
Bel Thor (5g God’s Own – Bellonic by Redding) settled midfield on the fence before visiting jockey Tommy Berry gave him enough rein to overhaul Our Hand Of Faith by a long-neck. “He presented beautifully and raced accordingly,” Berry said. “Wez told me to give him a click-up at the half-mile but I had to bring him back because he really grabbed the bit.
“He’s a good horse and it was a great run first-up. Wez has got some nice for plans for him in the future.”
Bel Thor has now won 4 races for $332,850 in prizemoney. His dam Bellonic won the 2002 South Australian St Leger but she has been a difficult breeder in recent years missing to Artie Schiller, Equiano and Americain. She was given a very late cover to Lucas Cranach at Bullarook Park in January.
The Seymour Cup brought up a double for God’s Own – earlier in the day Team Hawkes won Mitchell Shire Maiden Plate (1200m) with God’s In Him who was also racing first-up on Cup day.
God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) has sired 5 stakes winners and he has sired a total of 23 winners of 30 races for $678,595 in prizemoney this season. He stands for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee at Greta West Stud.