Divine Purpose Up to the Challenge.

Published 9 January 2023

Divine Purpose Up to the Challenge.

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It was a “big call” but I just had to make it.

The answer came two-fold but in the first instance it was to the phone call.

“Clinton speaking”, to which I identified myself.

“Just how good do you think Divine Purpose is?”, I cheekily asked her Rockhampton trainer Clinton Taylor. 

There was a chuckle at the other end of the phone line but then Clinton’s answer was forthright.

“Look Tone I think she is pretty good and we have raised the bar again tomorrow (Tuesday at Callaghan Park) but so far she has answered it every time”, he said.

I felt I was onto something here with the trainer, so I delved further.

“Clinton, you have the best sprinting three-years-old in Chinny Boom could it be as well you have the best staying 3YO in Divine Purpose”?

“I think the further she goes as her races get longer; she will get better. If she comes through tomorrow (Tuesday – wins) we will probably put her away (spell). Then we can have a look at the Brisbane Winter Carnival staying races for the 3YO’s”, Taylor said.

My curiosity had been satisfied in the affirmative by the astute young Rockhampton trainer and only one last question remained.

“Has she (Divine Purpose) done well since her last start win Clinton”?

“Yes, she has done everything right”, the trainer said.

That’s all I needed to hear and to bring to your attention.

Hang on, I almost forgot to mention that Divine Purpose runs as TAB 6 in the second race at the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s TAB race meeting at Callaghan Park on Tuesday timed for 2.55pm.

My apologies.

Divine Purpose (b f 3 Divine Prophet-Fadetta (USA), a $55K purchase by Clinton Taylor from the 2021 Capricornia Yearling Sale is not only bred to say but is moulded and actioned to do just that as well.

Sparingly raced, she has won twice from three starts while runner-up on debut – all in Rockhampton.

Divine Purpose resumed racing at Callaghan Park on November 17 after a six months spell which was designed for her to mature and develop further.

It worked she won her Maiden (1200m) easily that day as expected of a $1.90 favourite,

Some 29 days later at Callaghan Park, Divine Purpose enhanced her growing reputation even further with a strong 1.5 lengths 0-55 class win over 1400 metres. 

Her racing style is to sit up close on the speed and then accelerate, not in scintillating fashion but more so in a mannerism of a stayer with a powerful and extended stride giving the impression she is just warming up.

She makes it look ever so easy and takes it in her stride.

 All eyes will be on Divine Purpose when as the equal youngest in her field with another of her age and sex in Craiglea Agenda, she takes on six mature males in the BM 58 Handicap (1500m).

It won’t be an easy task but I suspect Divine Purpose is up to the challenge.

 It just could be that Clinton Taylor has unearthed another very special young talented racehorse.

Tuesday at Callaghan Park and time will tell but from what I have seen Divine Purpose is set for the big time.

Tony McMahon.

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