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By Graham Potter | Saturday, December 4, 2021

Gypsy Goddess made it three wins from three starts when she took no prisoners in the Three-Year-Old Quality Eagle Way over 2000m at Doomben on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

The three-year-old Tarzino filly has come a long way in a very short space of time.

Unwanted in the betting at $26 in her debut run, she immediately demanded attention with a spectacular come from behind win over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast on October 17 and she then cemented the view that she was a horse on the rise with another solid win in a BM65 Handicap when stepping up to 1600m on November 21, again at the Sunshine Coast.

This time, with another step up in distance to 2000m and on a soft track for the first time, Gypsy Goddess ($3.70) raced off the speed early, with Stephanie Thornton patiently keeping Gypsy Goddess at a relaxed gallop towards the rear of the field some eight lengths off the lead in the early part.

She was still just worse than midfield passing the 600m mark but, soon after that, Thornton got busier on the filly with Gypsy Goddess seemingly full of running. However, there was a moment of concern at the 450m when Thornton asked Gypsy Goddess to switch out around heels and the filly overreacted, spinning wider than necessary, ending up all of six-wide on straightening.

While Gypsy Goddess was still balancing up, the $2.70 favourite Ashgrove kicked clear early in the straight and Gypsy Goddess was still four lengths in arrears coming past the 300m mark.

Ashgrove did begin to tire inside the final 180m and a hard-chasing Pool Pony ($51) momentarily came out of the pack to threaten a boil-over, but neither Pool Pony (whose game effort was ultimately rewarded with second place) or the tiring Ashgrove (who finished third) had the means to deal with the finishing effort of Gypsy Goddess who, once she hit full stride, swept to the lead in majestic fashion … again showing exceptional acceleration … to win by 1.30 length margin.

In only three career starts, Gypsy Goddess has won at two tracks, over three different distances on both good and soft going,

All of this, while still a relatively inexperienced runner who is still learning her trade, is obviously very encouraging and would appear to open up several options for the runner moving forward.

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