Lights Of Heaven showed she is on target for a rematch with Doomben Cup winner Mawingo after scoring a comfortable win in the Group 2 $250,000 Al Basti Equiworld Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm today.
The Peter Moody trained mare was rewarded with a good win after racing consistently over the Winter Carnival which included a second to Mawingo in the Group 1 $500,000 Kirks Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben on May 19.
Lights Of Heaven and Mawingo will clash again in next week’s Group 2 $300,000 Australian Special Metals Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm.
Moody had to send the Zabeel mare to the paddock when she didn’t perform up to expectation last Spring but now has realised her potential with maturity.
“Good to see her back in the winner’s circle. It’s been over twelve months, it’s been a long wait,” Moody said.
“I think just immaturity has been a major contributing factor. We’ve just been patient, let her mature and I think we’ll have a nicer mare again as a five year old.”
“We’ll see her back here next week for the cup and the mile and a quarter holds no fears for her.”
Luke Nolen gave Lights Of Heaven a good run in fourth spot and brought her three wide on the home turn and easily held off Scenic Shot who was pushing up on the fence.
Nolen agreed with Moody saying that her poor Spring form was down to immaturity
“It was just immaturity at that stage. She was well down on form last Spring and Pete gave her time to furnish and now we’re reaping the rewards,” Nolen said.