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TRACKING THE TWO-YEAR-OLDS: Greek Goddess shows good improvement

Aims to Pick-3 on November 25

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, November 03, 2017



Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta believes his bay filly Greek Goddess possesses all the credentials to be competitive in next month's Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy, the second leg in the three-pronged Supreme Ventures Limited-sponsored Two-Year-Old 'Triple Crown' series.

This was after the Casual Trick offspring's five-and-a-half-length victory in a maiden special weight event over seven furlongs (1,400m) on Saturday.

Greek Goddess, who was over six lengths adrift in third behind Patriarch and Another Vigorous in the Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy recently, won ahead of Marquesas and Fayrouz in a favourable time of 1:26.0.

“She [Greek Goddess] was still a bit green when she ran in the Cash Pot two weeks ago but she is on the improve now. She has always been a heavyset filly, with a lot of weight, and I think the more we race her is the more she will improve. I don't know how good she is now, but she is on the improve and that is a really positive sign.”

Even though DaCosta expected a victory from his charge, his main concern was whether she could manage the distance of seven furlongs (1,400m).

“I can tell you, it was a good performance by Greek Goddess to win. This was a pretty good maiden field. Most of the runners] raced and have placed already, so going seven furlongs was really a test to see whether she [ Greek Goddess] could go long, and she definitely came up trumps.

“The next race on our agenda is the Pick3 Super Challenge Trophy and we just wanted a good race out of this event, and what I saw was good enough to have a good chance there. Whether she [ Greek Goddess] can beat the colts is left to be seen, but she definitely comes in with a chance,” DaCosta said.

In her two previous starts, Greek Goddess sat off the pace and tried to make all the running in the straight; however, this time the Elizabeth DaCosta-owned filly went straight in front and was never challenged. She registered an emphatic victory to open her account the third time of asking.

Greek Goddess, under Oneil Mullings, got a good break from the number five post and immediately opened a clear lead over her seven-other native-bred two-year-old rivals. At no point in the event was Greek Goddess ever challenged, setting comfortable splits of 23.2, 46.3 and 1:12.0 on a fast racing surface.

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