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    Bite almost sent star filly to heaven Bite almost sent star filly to heaven

    GOODTIME HEAVEN - Photo Ashlea Brennan

    RISING star mare Goodtime Heaven will return to the scene of her biggest win this weekend. Second-up from an injury-enforced spell the Victorian pacer... Bite almost sent star filly to heaven

    RISING star mare Goodtime Heaven will return to the scene of her biggest win this weekend.

    Second-up from an injury-enforced spell the Victorian pacer is engaged in an M0 at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

    Last July the Courtney Slater-trained daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven captured the New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge around the 1400-metre circuit.

    Taken to further north a couple of weeks later, Goodtime Heaven was scratched on the morning of the Queensland Oaks as the early favourite.

    “She had filling in her leg and there was no way I was risking her,” Slater said. “So I got her home and took her to the Bendigo vet

    “While it appeared as though she had a hole in her suspensory, the vet felt it was something more like an abscess.

    “Turns out he was right and when they grew the culture we learnt she had been bitten by white tale, which happened sometime after I put her away the night before and the morning of the Oaks.

    “She was crook for a while and we’re quite lucky to keep her.”

    Returning with a win in Bendigo last week, Goodtime Heaven has drawn barrier five for her pending assignment.

    The Australian Pacing Gold purchase slots into four with the removal of the emergency.

    “It’s not the best, but not the worst draw,” Slater said. “It will be nice to see her continue her winning form, but getting a good solid mile into her before the semis is what I’m looking for.”

    Slater’s semis reference is in relation to next week’s Breeders’ Challenge qualifiers at Menangle.

    “She has come through her first run well and this week will top her off nicely for the Breeders’ Challenge,” Slater said.

    Part-owned by Slater’s parents Judi and Ian, the four-year-old has an imposing record of 10 wins from 13 starts.

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