Destiny Is Calling

May 08, 2013

Three-year-old winter carnival-bound after Canterbury win

Progressive three-year-old Destiny Rising has given Brian Gentle his first Sydney winner at Canterbury on Wednesday and the trainer will plot a path for the galloper to the Brisbane winter carnival.

Gentle was the foreman for John O'Shea for before moving to Queensland to start his training career. Gentle returned to Sydney during 2011 and took up boxes at Rosehill but has struggled to make his mark due to "the lack of opportunities".

"This time I've got a couple of people behind me," Gentle said.

"I was up in Brisbane for a while then came down and was foreman for Clarry Conners and did some work for Tim Martin before the opportunity came up to go out to the Cobbity pre-training facility.

"I was only going to have one or two horses but through good support I've ended up with 15."

Destiny Rising was first-up in Wednesday's Australian Turf Club Plate (1100m) and had been gelded since his last preparation, when the son of God's Own raced against the likes of Proisirand Urquidez.

"He's a better horse for it. We were looking at a $100,000 maiden for him in Queensland in two weeks but we'll keep him here now for one more run and then look at the Sunshine Coast Guineas," he said.

"I've always had an opinion of this horse."

Destiny Rising ($4.60) defeated the Gai Waterhouse-trained Belladini ($10) by 4-1/4 lengths with Rise To The Top ($11), from the Gary Portelli stable, a further 2-3/4 length back in third. The $2.10 favourite We Have A Winner was fourth when the judge called a halt.

Nic Ashman