Throughout her career, Groovin’ has steadily matured and improved. Last Spring she was tested a little more in some strong BM70 and BM78 races following her third win at Bendigo in September (BM70). This preparation, she has improved further and deservedly won her fourth race and first in town, and Sandown Ladbrokes Park on 9-May.
Damien Oliver was very keen to retain the ride on this daughter of Mastercraftsman, after her very good placing at Bendigo two weeks prior. Knowing that Groovin’ would be better suited to the rise in distance to 1600m, and generally performs well second-up, connections were confident of a good performance in the Spicer Thoroughbred Handicap BM70.
Once racing at the 1600 distance and further, Groovin’ has the early speed to take a good position in running. Damien Oliver did just that, and built momentum on the corner to be sitting a comfortable second throughout the run and into the straight. Displaying customary strong and gutsy characteristics, Groovin’ did the rest to win by 1.5 lengths.
Congratulations connections – a group consisting of a Lessee group in Australia and Groovin’s owners Mike and Helen Moran, and Chris and Carol Chamberlain in NZ.
This is Groovin’s fourth victory from just 13 starts and her prizemoney earnings now approaches $80,000. Now a mature four-year-old mare, we expect her to remain competitive and winning races through this preparation as she competes in BM78 grade and perhaps higher in races to come.