God’s In Him has snared his third successive win, returning from a winter freshener to beat Nevagotavote in a photo finish at Rosehill.
The Jason Deamer-trained Nevagotavote led from the start at Rosehill despite flying under the bookies’ radar ($20), and looked to have Saturday’s 1400m race locked down until God’s In Him ($5.50) roared through in the final stages.
Crossing the line alongside each other, it took a photo finish to determine the Hawkes-trained gelding had won by a half-head.
It was the six-year-old’s first race since his win at Randwick in late June.
“We had to wait until the last to get the job done and he’s just … we’ve had some issues, ups and downs,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said.
“But the horse looks a picture and he’s a serious horse.”
Hawkes said the Group Two Shannon Stakes at Rosehill in a fortnight would be the gelding’s next goal.
“It takes a good horse to do a 1400 metres first-up and then continue on,” he said.