At Geelong on Tuesday, we were excited to welcome GETEMHEL (NZ) back to the races following a beneficial spell. On the back of two good jump outs at Flemington, Brian Higgins placed Getemhel just off the leader’s hindquarters, in perfect position to be out of trouble and first across the line.
Getemhel won first up last preparation at the same course and distance as Tuesday. The 1100m was ideal for her return to the races, as she has gate speed and pace to hold a forward position.
Special thanks to Brian Higgins for his professional ride on this filly. Brian has been coming into Flemington a couple of times per week to ride gallops and jump outs, including on Getemhel. This has been beneficial to each horse’s education in their early years of training.
Getemhel is a filly that will take good benefit from that run, and will continue to improve with age as she learns how to relax and settle in her races a little more. Looking ahead later this preparation and especially next, she looks well suited to the 1200 and 1400m distance range, hopefully in metropolitan company or better.
Getemhel is a product of the famed Soliloquy Lodge in New Zealand, 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. We have lost track of the number of Soliloquy Lodge winners trained by Nigel at Flemington, but long may that trend continue.
Ian and Karyn Lewis sourced this filly from Soliloquy Lodge, with Christine Sexton, Cathy and Michael Laughlin, Kerri Robb, Michael Min Fa, Peter Latoszynski and the late Helen Latoszynski joining Ian, Karyn, David and Angenita in the excitment.
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