Divine Madonna Notches Another Group I

Divine Madonna Notches Another Group I
Photo: Mark Gatt
Divine Madonna shows her skill over a mile in the Myer Classic.

After the running of the group I Myer Classic (worth Aus$500,000) over a mile at Flemington Nov. 3, it is safe to say that Miss Finland has dropped to third on the list of Australia’s best mares.

Miss Andretti, that glorious multiple group I winning international star, would be the top girl now but Divine Madonna, who won the Myer Classic by coming from last on the home turn and unleashing her usual barnstorming finish down the straight, is now rated second best female in Australia. And probably the best horse period over a mile. This was her fourth group I win and her third at the imperial distance.

"I hope the people in Hong Kong look at her because we have nothing to do in December and we would love to have a crack at that big Hong Kong Mile," said her always upbeat trainer Mark Kavanagh.

Divine Madonna (Hurricane Sky--My Madonna) has now won Aus$2,008,400 in stakes from her eight wins.

"She is just fantastic, just a real pleasure to train and she looked unbelievable out there today," continued Kavanagh.

Michael Rodd rode a patient race on her settling back in last spot throughout in the field of 13 then peeling out and revving her up with two furlongs to run.

"I knew I was on the best horse in the race and when you ride that type of horse you ride with a lot more confidence. I was confident throughout the run and it was a privilege to ride a horse of this quality," he said.

Divine Madonna, a hardy 5-year-old, backed up from her seventh in the group I Cox Plate last weekend to beat the gallant but lowly bred mare Translate (Love A Dane--Secret’s Out) and Red For Lour (Testa Rossa--Luxapal) with consummate ease in the end scoring by 1½ lengths.

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