Heavenly Pedigree Fuels High Hopes

When your mother is a three-time champion broodmare of New Zealand it is fair to say you have plenty going for you as a racehorse.

Expectations have been high for the well-bred filly Heavenly who sandwiched Ballarat wins either side of her only defeat at Sandown where she returns on Wednesday for the Hialeah Hcp (1600m).

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien said he was happy for Heavenly to have another crack at winning her first city race and is hopeful she will eventually measure up to much better races.

"She's a nice filly and with her breeding we are hoping she is going to develop into a pretty good racehorse," O'Brien said.

By Danasinga, Heavenly is the sixth foal from Pompeii Court mare Flying Floozie who gained fame in the breeding barn largely through the deeds of Heavenly's half-brother Starcraft.

A five-time Group One winner, twice in Australia as well as in New Zealand, France and England, Starcraft won 11 races from 1400m to 2400m.

Heavenly's older sister Forum Floozie was also a stakes winner and second in the 2005 Group One Coolmore Classic while Taras Bulba and Caulfield Cup placegetter Turfcutter are among other family members.

Flying Floozie was resident at Gary Chittick's Waikato Stud in New Zealand until after Heavenly was born when she was shipped to America.

Chittick races Heavenly and O'Brien has trained many winners for him including dual Group One-winning sprinter Glamour Puss.

O'Brien said Heavenly had no luck two starts ago at Sandown and he expects she will run much better on Wednesday.

"It was just a slowly-run race the last time she was there and she got back inside them and wasn't comfortable," O'Brien said.

"She had a genuine excuse that day but both her wins were good."

Heavenly posted her debut win at Ballarat when steaming home from back in the field to score in a photo-finish over 1400m on April 17.

She beat only one horse home over the same trip at Sandown on May 4 but last start was again strong at the finish with a length victory over Pinovation over 1600m at Ballarat on May 15.

O'Brien said it was still early days for Heavenly but the signs so far were encouraging.

"She is still immature and she just needs to find her feet as a racehorse before we make too many big plans for her," O'Brien said.

"She is from a good family so we are hoping she would keep improving."

By Robert Windmill - AAP

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