Great Heavens

Great Heavens (foaled 28 April 2009) is a British Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 2012 Irish Oaks. She is owned by Lady Rothschild and trained by John Gosden.

Great Heavens
Great Heavens in the parade ring.jpg
Great Heavens in the parade ring
SireGalileo
GrandsireSadler's Wells
DamMagnificient Style
DamsireSilver Hawk
SexFilly
Foaled2009
CountryUnited Kingdom
ColourBay
BreederKincorth Investments Inc
OwnerLady Rothschild
TrainerJohn Gosden
Record7: 4-0-0
Earnings£275,312[1]
Major wins
Lancashire Oaks (2012)
Irish Oaks (2012)

BreedingEdit

Great Heavens is the daughter of Galileo, who won The Derby, Irish Derby and King George and multiple Champion sire. Galileo's sire was Sadler's Wells, winner of the Eclipse Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes and multiple Champion sire.

Great Heavens' dam Magnificient Style is the daughter of Silver Hawk. Great Heavens is a full-sister to King George and Eclipse winner Nathaniel. She is also the half-sister to Fillies' Mile winner Playful Act and Sun Chariot Stakes winner Echoes in Eternity.

Racing careerEdit

Great Heavens only started once as a two-year-old, finishing in fifth place in an eight furlong Haydock maiden.[1] Starting her three-year-old season in a Yarmouth maiden she won comfortable from Monshak.[2] She then started the Listed Lord Weinstock Memorial Stakes at Newbury as the 11/8 favourite. Under jockey William Buick she made all the running and won unchallenged.[3] Great Heavens then faced eight rivals in the Lancashire Oaks where she was the 11/4 favourite. She again made all the running and won impressively, beating Pinnacle Stakes winner Shimmering Surf by five lengths.[4]

After this performance she was sent off the 5/4 favourite in the Irish Oaks. The Ribblesdale Stakes winner Princess Highway was at 9/4, with Epsom Oaks winner Was at 5/1 and Epsom Oaks second Shirocco Star at 7/1. As the field of seven turned into the finishing straight Great Heavens was in fifth place. She ran on strongly in the final furlong and took the lead with 100 yards to run. She then drew clear to win by three lengths from Shirocco Star.[5]

On 4 October, Great Heavens' owners paid a supplementary entry fee of €100,000 to run the filly in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.[6] She started the 7.5/1 fourth favourite and fared the best of the British and Irish challengers as she finished sixth behind the upset winner Solemia.

PedigreeEdit

Pedigree of Great Heavens, bay filly, 2009[7]
Sire
Galileo
b. 1998
Sadler's Wells
b. 1981
Northern Dancer
b. 1961
Nearctic*
Natalma
Fairy Bridge
b. 1975
Bold Reason
Special
Urban Sea
ch. 1989
Miswaki
ch. 1978
Mr. Prospector
Hopespringeternal
Allegretta
ch. 1978
Lombard
Anatevka
Dam
Magnificient Style
b. 1993
Silver Hawk
b. 1979
Roberto
b. 1969
Hail to Reason
Bramalea
Gris Vitesse
gr. 1966
Amerigo
Matchiche
Mia Karina
b. 1983
Icecapade
gr. 1969
Nearctic*
Shenanigans
Basin
b. 1972
Tom Rolfe
Delta

Note: b. = Bay, ch. = Chestnut, gr. = Grey

* Great Heavens is inbred 4x4 to Nearctic. This means that the stallion appears twice in the fourth generation of her pedigree.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Great Heavens". Racing Post. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  2. ^ "Results from the 5.20 race at YARMOUTH". Racing Post. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  3. ^ "Lord Weinstock Memorial Stakes result". Racing Post. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  4. ^ "Lancashire Oaks result". Racing Post. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  5. ^ "Irish Oaks result". Racing Post. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
  6. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/racing/heavens-replaces-her-brother-for-arc-8198308.html
  7. ^ "Great Heavens pedigree". equineline.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21.