WHEN it comes to Godiva Seelster, driver Wally Hennessey cannot find enough superlatives.
Amazing, astounding, astonishing, remarkable, incredible….are just some of the ways Hennessey refers to the daughter of Camluck.
Hennessey was again singing the five year-old’s praises after she extended her streak of prizemoney cheques to 69 – covering her every start since the age of three – with her victory last night.
Adding to the moment is the fact Godiva Seelster lowered her best time to 1:50.4 against a million dollar field, including Winbak Heavenly and Just A Bee.
Registering her 12th win of the year, Godiva Seelster left with alacrity from her post seven along with Winbak Heavenly, handled by Aaron Byron from post five, and Just A Bee, driven by Mike Micallef from the outside post.
Just a few long strides into the mile, Godiva Seelster had already made the top spot, with Winbak Heavenly content to sit in the garden spot and Just A Bee finding a spot close up in third.
With Godiva Seelster reaching the half in a blistering :54.2, and a brisk pace continuing through three-quarters in 1:22.2, was too slick as she scored by two-and-a-half lengths.
In that post race interview, Hennessey echoed all of the above sentiments adding, “she’s just an exceptional mare that does all of this on her own. I don’t drive her…she drives me!
“Actually, I really had no choice once I got to the lead. When Mike (Micallef) came out, I really couldn’t afford to restrain my mare because she was so intent on staying on the bit. When they feel that strong, I don’t think it’s a good idea to restrain them…and she really felt strong tonight.”
Godiva Seelster, sporting a 23-12-8-1 scorecard this season, extended her earnings to $207,957.
- JOHN BERRY