CONNECTIONS of speedy pacer Gods Spirit are beginning to see the results of their patience.
Gaining plenty of attention 14 months ago when winning his first four starts in effortless fashion for co-trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton, Gods Spirit has since been consistent without dominating during his 11 subsequent outings.
The son of Tintin In America has only managed two wins while finishing among the placings six times.
One of those victories, however, was at Tabcorp Park Menangle last night with Shane stating Gods Spirit is showing signs of maturity to go with his talent.
“He has all the ability in the world but has taken a season to mature mentally,” Shane declared. “We have spent a lot of time teaching him to settle and he is starting to put it all together.
“I’m sure we will see the best of him over the course of this season.”
Driven by Lauren, Gods Spirit led throughout from barrier three to score by four metres from Muscle Mach, with Ohoka Jimmy a half-head away third.
Running the final 800 metres in 54.2 seconds the five-year-old covered the mile in 1:52.1.
“On paper it appeared to be a very suitable race for him,” Shane said. “Throw in the draw and how is feeling and we were very confident.”
With no major plans in mind for the gelding, the Trittons will continue to ease Gods Spirit through the grades as part of his learning process.
“He needs more racing to be seasoned,” Shane said. “So he will keep racing at Menangle to gain experience.”