Angel tipped to rise at Coffs
THREE major assets – race experience, fitness and the ability to handle a heavy track – strongly favour two-year-old Bengal Angel at Coffs Harbour today.
Jockey Glenn Lynch will ride the Neil Godbolt-trained juvenile in the Allied Air Conditioning 2YO Hcp (1000m).
“Under the conditions she should be really competitive,” Godbolt said yesterday.
“I expect her to race well.”
Bred and owned by Scone-based Julie Harris of Holbrook Thoroughbreds and her parents, the daughter of Nadeem is “a real little trier,” Godbolt said.
“Julie reckoned she was too small to put through the Scone sales so she kept her to race,” the Port Macquarie horseman said.
“I broke her in. While she’s only small, she’s not weak ... (she’s) a strong bugger, well put together who can run.
“On Monday she looks to have some advantages; she’s fit, has race experience, has drawn good (barrier 4) and can handle a wet track.”
Bengal Angel debuted with a win in a 1000m 2YO event on a heavy track at Port Macquarie on October 9, then was spelled for 126 days.
In two subsequent starts, on her home track on February 12 and 22, the filly finished runner-up to the Todd Howlett-trained Favourite Miss.
“The other filly (Favourite Miss) was just too good for her,” Godbolt said.
“But Bengal Angel beat the others easily.
“I’ve been very happy with what Bengal Angel has done since Port.
“She’s fit and meets a lot of horses having their first start.
“Jenny Graham’s (Alcancia) trialled well but it’s a different story first up on a wet track at Coffs.
“My filly will be hard to beat.”
Godbolt will also saddle up Another Marlene (Robbie Brewer) in the same event.
Bred and owned by former NSW TAB chairman Ross Cribb, a long-time Godbolt client, the son of Victoria Derby winner Benicio finished fourth to Tom’s Rocket in a Port Macquarie trial on February 22.
“Tom’s Rocket won by about six lengths and is an open class horse,” Goldbolt said.
“His (Another Marlene’s) trial effort was good.
“He’s a big gangly fella who will make a racehorse down the track.”