Divine Win Tops Off A Win For Owner/Breeder

El Divine, made light work of the heavy ground to win a Three-Year-Old Maiden on his home track at Ballarat, topping off a great week for owner-breeder John Richards. Three days earlier Royal Bender, whom he bred and races on lease with a large contingent of owners charged home out wide to down stablemate Shiny And New at Sandown. They have built up a very solid relationship over the years, including Richards providing Weiry with his first Melbourne winner, when Rather Yallah won at Moonee Valley in 2000. Royal Bender had been racing consistently but was struggling to break through for another win so Richards suggested to trainer Darren Weir he try something different with her in her training regime. On race morning she was given a session in the bull-ring which certainly sharpened her up. El Divine creating headlines at his last start, for the wrong reasons when knuckling over at the start dislodging jockey Michelle Payne, had no such mishaps on Saturday. He always travelled like the winner for rider Jack Hill and Hill made it a race-to-race double when Revel In Glory broke through in the 1600m Maiden.

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