God Willing wins Class 2 Handicap at Newmarket
God Willing, a 5 year old gelding by Arch out of Peintre Celebre mare Bourbon Ball managed to secure his second victory when cruising to a cosy length victory over previous multiple winner Storm Ahead in the Class 2 Home of Racing handicap at Newmarket, securing over £16,000 in the process.
God Willing had a promising two year old career, winning on debut before finishing 4th in two Group 3 races, one of them just 31/2 lengths behind subsequent classic winner Kingston Hill. He had a few injury problems at 3 and 4 which eventually saw him change owners at the beginning of 2016, having previously been purchased at the breeze up as a two year old for 210,000 GNS. His first run for new connections yielded a promising third however a few wind problems held him up in his three subsequent runs. After a layoff of over three months and a successful wind operation, God Willing showed he was back to form after a strong second in a class three handicap at Chester.
Having opened at 10/1 on the morning of the race, there was strong market confidence in God Willing and he was duly backed in to 7/1 before the off. The race had some interesting contenders, not least the unexposed duo of Storm Ahead and Zweyyan who had both won on their previous outing and were carrying three pounds less than God Willing. Mark Johnston's listed winner Whitman also brought creditable form to the race as well as Jailawi who had finished mid division in this years Betfred Mile. Others included winners Worlds His Oyster and Wind in my Sails who had won his previous two races very comfortably. Glory Awaits, winner of nearly £400,000 in prize money and just 4 lengths adrift in this years Royal Hunt Cup also made the line up.
Ridden by Freddie Tylicki for Declan Carroll, God Willing was settled in mid-division throughout the first four furlongs and had some good early cover as Whitman took the field along at a decent pace. Approaching the last three furlongs, the leader tried to kick on for home but the move was covered by Storm Ahead and God Willing, with Zweyyan struggling to get on terms having endured a tricky passage on the rail. Tylicki started pushing his mount around 3 furlongs out in order to cover the move from the leaders, however the response from God Willing came with such speed that Tylicki brought his mount back on the bridle, and 2 furlongs out the writing was on the wall. Having drawn alongside Storm Ahead in the last few hundred yards, God Willing responded extremely well to the urgings of his rider and was striding away at the line having secured an eye-catching and well deserved victory.
It was a very stylish ride from Tylicki who looked full of confidence in his mount and a great training performance from Declan Carroll who had taken plenty of time with the horse since he changed hands. A very handsome £16,172.50 was awarded to owners Steven Ryan and Neil Smillie, but the possibilty of a step up to bigger handicaps is now a possibility for the son of Arch and he has an exciting few seasons ahead of him.
The win also provided a timely boost for mare Bourbon Ball, who has a yearling colt by Invincible Spirit heading to Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1. His profile can be viewed here and his catalogue page here.
God Willing pictured working in July of this year