Seven years after his last Group One winner, trainer Tim Martin believes he has a horse on his hands who can deliver his next.
Since Typhoon Zed won the Manikato Stakes in 2009, Martin has scaled down his operation and almost gave away training completely to concentrate on educating young horses on his farm outside Sydney.
Among those horses was Heavens Above, winner of Saturday’s Group Three Sheraco Stakes (1200m) and Martin’s hope for the Epsom Handicap.
She was his second winner on the program after Moral Victory won a benchmark race.
“I can’t remember my last double on a Saturday,” Martin said.
“But I do know Heavens Above is a very good horse.
“She is the whole reason I kept going. I trained her out at the farm and developed her from a baby.
“She will go to the Golden Pendant in two weeks and back up a week later into the Epsom Handicap.”
The five-year-old is already experienced at Group One level, finishing second to Azkadellia in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes earlier this year.
Her Sheraco win was a close call with Tye Angland getting her in the clear late.
She poked her head out to beat Ravi with Magic Alibi third.
Martin said he was slowly and selectively building his numbers and now had 17 horses in full time work at Rosehill.