Spell for The Good Life

Smart two-year-old The Good Life has earned a well-deserved break from racing after scoring an effortless victory in the $14,400 Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Second favourite at $4.90, The Good Life showed his class by sprinting home powerfully, out three wide, from ninth at the bell to win by ten metres from Star Of Willoughby ($18), with Arma Einstein ($15) a good third.

Otis, the $1.90 favourite from the No. 2 barrier, was beaten for the early lead by $16 chance Powerplay and he wilted to fifth after enduring a tough run in the breeze.

The Good Life was restrained to the rear from the outside barrier (No. 9) before Michael Grantham, replacing trainer Aiden de Campo (under suspension), sent the Mach Three colt forward, three wide, approaching the bell. His run was followed by Robbie Rocket, who battled on gamely to finish fourth. The Good Life was not extended after bursting to the front 400m from home.

“He will go out for six weeks now,” said de Campo. “He has been up for a while and has been in all the big races (for two-year-olds). He’s not a racehorse yet, and when they were running quick quarters in those races, he was getting a bit lost.

“And on his work at home I was a bit disappointed that he didn’t finish a bit closer in the big races. I changed a bit of gear with him and smartened him up a bit at home. So, it’s now for a spell and I’ll bring him back for the three-year-old races next season.

“The WA Derby is his target, but there’s a really good crop of rising three-year-olds, and there haven’t been any imports yet.

“From the outside barrier tonight, the plan was to drop out. He gets a bit keen in the breeze, so we went back with him. His speed is his best asset, but he showed a bit of toughness tonight. I’ve always been confident that he will be a nice horse. Before winning at his past two starts his only other win was when he beat Mighty Ronaldo. He’s always had the ability but hasn’t had the race smarts.”

The Good Life, purchased for $57,500 at the 2019 APG yearling sale, has raced ten times for three wins, two placings and $25,622 in stakes. By Mach Three, The Good Life is the second foal out of Artistic Copper, whose first foal Some Copper Beach has earned $83,116 from seven wins and five placings from 20 starts.