Rexford gave owner Bill Godecke and trainer Robyn Lockwood their second Ascot win in as many weeks on Saturday.
The Galah gelding was positioned perfectly behind Frosty Belle (Frost Giant) and Bolshoi Gal (Universal Ruler) before the trio broke away from the rest of the field in the Westspeed Platinum Maiden (1400m).
Rexford responded to a well-timed ride by Jason Whiting to salute for the same connections as last-start city winner Cambist (Gingerbread Man). “He travelled extra well and was cruising when we came off heels at the top of the straight,” Whiting said. “He didn’t put them away easily but still got the job done.”
Godecke was a legend at Gloucester Park before crossing over from harness racing to the gallops. He owned and trained 2015 Kalgoorlie Cup winner Woodsville (Blackfriars) and paid Rangeview Stud $22,000 for Rexford at the 2017 Perth Magic Millions.
Lockwood said there are more wins in store for the lightly-raced gelding who didn’t debut until he was an autumn 3yo. “He’s been running well without winning and will get better as he continues to mature.”
Galah is a Group 2 winning son of Redoute’s Choice and his latest winner is the first foal from Kings Advantage (Encosta de Lago) who is a three-quarter sister to Vanbrugh (G1 AJC Spring Champion Stakes). The mare’s 3yo filly by Snippetson was exported to China and her 2yo colt by Galah is with Jenine Fawcett.
Rexford is the 22nd individual winner from first crop by Galah. He stands at Rangeview Stud for a $4,400 service fee.