THE long trip to Globe Derby proved to be a fruitful one for Courtney Slater, who scored with a pair of debutants this afternoon.
Goodtime Heaven was successful at her maiden start, while Graphics won at her first outing for the Victorian horsewoman.
The fillies captured Australian Breeders’ Crown heats, with Slater already setting her sights on the semi-finals at Bendigo on August 19.
“It has definitely been a worthwhile trip,” Slater said. “To have both fillies win is a great result.
“Goodtime Heaven had been ticking every box leading up to her run, while Graphics had been working well, but her field was a little stronger.
“They will both be kept ticking along now as we get ready for the semis.”
With Glen Craven holding the reins, Goodtime Heaven enjoyed the run of the race behind the leader before sprinting to a 17-metre win from Hilltopsomewhere, with Grainagain 13 metres away third.
Purchased by Slater’s father, Ian, at last year’s Sydney Australian Pacing Gold Sale, the two-year-old of Rock N Roll Heaven is closely-related to triple Breeders’ Crown champion, Make Mine Cullen.
“Dad picked this filly as the one he wanted before heading to Sydney and came home with her,” Slater said. “She’s got a lot to learn about racing, but I’m very happy with where she is at.
“We haven’t got to the bottom of her yet, so there’s still plenty improvement to come.”
Also driven by Craven, Graphics led throughout from the pole to account for Perfectlyimperfect and Canelliesparkle in 1:59.9 over 2230 metres.
The three-year-old is by Shadyshark Hanover, which stands at Slater’s parents’ leading breeding establishment Goodtime Lodge.
“That was her first run for me and she did well,” Slater said. “Her division of the Breeders’ Crown is going to be very hard, but I do expect her to improve from the run.
“She was first-up for six months, so will naturally be fitter and better for the outing.”
- PAUL COURTS