In the Autumn, newcomer Getemhel was a developing two-year-old filly showing some talent. Knowing she would only be able to cope with just the one run in her two-year-old season, Nigel took Getemhel over to Adelaide for the Listed Cinderella Stakes in March. Just for a crack at it.
Getemhel showed in that race that she was still immature and lacking strength. So straight to the paddock for a well-earned break, to grow and develop into a bigger three-year-old filly this season.
Like many in the stable, she returned to training in May in fine condition, and the patience Nigel and connections have been displaying was paying off. She kept progressing and strengthening throughout her preparation, including two very impressive jump outs at Flemington. Below is one of those.
Today she stepped out for her three-year-old season debut at Geelong, in a field that looked to have quite a bit of depth. It was hard to be super confident, but we knew she had talent and hoped she would put it all together in the race.
Michael Walker had her in a nice spot in the run, allowing the favourite to push forward into the lead and sitting comfortably in second position. Upon straightening on the lovely Geelong turf surface, she sprinted impressively to win by more than three lengths.
Raced by a loyal group headed by Ian Lewis, Getemhel is by a sire we like, Arrowfield’s GIO PONTO. She was sourced from our trusted friends in New Zealand at Soliloquy Lodge, operated by David and Angenita Moore. She is the first foal out of the Savabeel mare TANTRUM, trained by Nigel to win two races in Victoria, after her early career in New Zealand.
As usual with young, lightly raced horses, we will take each week as it comes with this filly and progress her through the grades. But it’s fair to say we think she has a great future ahead.
In fond memory of Helen Latoszynski – she would be proud