Goddess set for a spell
Highly rated three-year-old Mood Goddess finished unplaced in Saturday’s $250,000 Group 3 City of Belmont WA Oaks (2400m) at Ascot and is likely to be spelled.
The Steve Wolfe-trained filly jumped equal second favourite on the tote after running a strong third to Tuscan Queen in the listed Natasha Stakes (2200m).
Jockey Shaun McGruddy, who was having just his second ride on the horse, won on Mood Goddess’ mother in the same race in 2006.
He landed the filly in the front half of the field after jumping from barrier two before following Pambella from the 600m mark who made a strong move forward.
Mood Goddess was second at the top of the straight but faded to finish ninth behind dominant winner Tuscan Queen.
“That’s just racing, you have to have everything go your way in those races,” Wolfe said.
“She will probably go to the paddock now and come back a better horse.”
Wild Fusion ran on well for McGruddy to finish fourth for Albany trainer Liam O’Loughlin at Ascot.
McGruddy has taken the plum sit on classy two-year-old Watch Me Dance in this Saturday’s Group 2 $500,000 Karrakatta Plate (1200m).
Watch Me Dance drew barrier nine while Roy Rogers’ hope Dark Assault will start from gate three with Jarrad Noske in the saddle.
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