Rivercrest Park owner Steve Hoare has been proactive promoting God Has Spoken and it’s paying off for the striking son of Blackfriars.
There are 50 mares already booked in for 2016 and it’s still six months until the start of the covering season!
God Has Spoken retired to Rivercrest Park last year after a career that saw him win 8 races and over $1.19 million in prizemoney. “He’s a bull alright but a gentleman in the barn,” Hoare reports. “And his fertility is spot on.”
Off the back of his first season, Rivercrest Park has initiated several innovative ideas that have struck a chord with broodmare owners. A God Has Spoken kombi van spray-painted in the stud’s colours is driving bookings and so has a deal with the Bunbury and Esperance race clubs.
God Has Spoken paraded at the Bunbury races on New Year’s Day and Hoare has supplemented his next book with 18 free bookings to winning owners during their summer season. The same arrangement applies with Esperance for its 12 meetings.
Those 30 mares are over and above the 50 already signed up.
“The horse sells himself, too,” Hoare explained. “He’s a stunning individual and a powerhouse standing almost 17 hands.”
God Has Spoken can’t be faulted on pedigree and his career card was highlighted by stakes wins as a two, three, four and five year-old from 1400m to 2100m.
Representing the all-conquering Danehill sireline through champion stallion Blackfriars, he hit the ground running to win an Ascot juvenile on debut in January 2009 and then produced a paralysing burst to claim the G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Resuming as a spring three year-old, he landed the LR Aquanita Stakes (1800m) and then split Sniper’s Bullet and Scenic Shot in the G1 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot.
During the next summer carnival, God Has Spoken maintained his winning strike-rate in the G3 Peters Stakes (1800m) before adding another black-type victory in the G3 Strickland Stakes (2000m).
He stretched out to longer trips the following season to win the G2 Cox Stakes (2100m) and he was also runner-up in the G2 Perth Cup (2400m).
Another Group 1 placing followed in the Kingston Town Stakes and he looked set to go one better in the 2014 Perth Cup until Black Tycoon came from the clouds to beat him a short-head.
“He was a top-class racehorse and I was determined to buy him,” Hoare recalled. “There were other offers from interstate and overseas but they wanted him to stay in WA.”
Rivercrest will continue marketing God Has Spoken with a marquee at the Perth Magic Millions and broodmare owners can contact Hoare on (08) 9727 3894 or 0409 987 970.
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