Jockey Michael Rodd guides Natural Destiny past the winning post to score a comfortable win in the Healy Stakes at Eagle Farm o
Jockey Michael Rodd guides Natural Destiny past the winning post to score a comfortable win in the Healy Stakes at Eagle Farm o

Colt is a natural and destined for stardom


BRISBANE (AAP): Boom Coffs Harbour colt Natural Destiny confirmed his potential as one of Australia's next sprinting stars when he posted a blistering win in the Group Three Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Natural Destiny arrived in Brisbane last week with a huge reputation and the Naturalism colt justified that wrap when he unleashed a devastating sprint in the straight which left his rivals floundering.

Perfectly ridden by leading Queensland jockey Michael Rodd, Natural Destiny ($4.20) proved too nippy for highly-rated Grafton sprinter Starlactic ($2.80 fav) and the winning margin of 2-1/4 lengths could have been extended had Rodd wished. Consistent Eagle Farm sprinter Black Ink ($3.80) ran his usual honest race to finish a further 1-1/4 lengths back in third.

Astute Coffs Harbour trainer Gordon Yorke said he had used the Healy as a guide to Natural Destiny's full potential and confirmed the three-year-old would be aimed towards the feature Melbourne spring carnival sprints.

"We came here today to let this race show us if he was up to the next level and he passed with flying colours," Yorke said on Saturday.

"If he had got beaten there would have been no point thinking about the spring.

"But he confirmed everything I thought he was, so I'll spell him now and get him ready for the spring."

Rodd was full of praise for Natural Destiny and said he thought the horse had plenty of scope for improvement.

"He was ultra-impressive but he's got no idea what's it's all about out there," Rodd said.

"He wanted to lay in early but as soon as he got around the corner and I put one around his backside he straightened up.

"Then he wanted to lay out up the straight."

Rodd refused to draw comparisons between Natural Destiny and former brilliant Queensland sprinting mare Regimental Gal on whom he won the Magic Millions in 2003.

"They're two different horses, Regimental Gal was more precocious and I've got no doubt this horse will get further," Rodd said.

Starlactic was chasing his sixth consecutive win and the ungainly Grafton sprinter lost no admirers with his game defeat.

Trainer Wayne Lawson confirmed he would still aim the horse toward the Ramornie Handicap on his home track next month.



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