For David Gillies, the proud owner of racehorse Almighty Girl, his first foray into horse ownership started 25 years ago with a group of school friends and relatives who all shared an interest in the racing industry.
They didn't have much success and decided to give it away after a few years, but David has never lost his interest in the industry. He returned a decade or so later and became a devoted racehorse owner. After purchasing a few broodmares to begin with, he then started targeting fillies. It was at the Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale where he first came across Almighty Girl, a horse he knew was special from the very start.
"She caught my eye immediately, she was on our short list before we even arrived. She is an absolutely beautiful creature and she has developed nicely since that day."
After securing her in the sale, David then passed her onto Mitch Beer, a young trainer who he had promised to help support. "Mitch was Jason Warren's assistant trainer, so that's where he developed his skills. I gave him two or three horses to help him get a start because he's a good young trainer with a lot of potential."
The decision to put faith in Mitch has paid dividends too, with Almighty Girl winning a couple of her early races, including the Typhoon Tracy Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Along with being an up and coming race day superstar, Almighty Girl is a VOBIS (Victorian Owners and Breeders Incentive Scheme) nominated horse. "A lot of Victorians target the VOBIS nominations as it increases their potential prize money and I think it's a great scheme for the industry overall."
Almighty Girl will be running in the Sensis Stakes this weekend at Derby Day, with legendary jockey Glen Boss at the helm, and she has been nominated for the Darley Classic the following weekend at Flemington.
As for the name, David says it was his daughters who came up with it. "We already had Hipster Girl in the ranks, which our girls named, and so they decided to call this one Almighty Girl. I think it was based loosely on a song, but I'm not entirely sure!"
The future is definitely looking bright for Almighty Girl. Make sure you head over to the Spring Carnival Sports Hub to keep up to date with all the industry news and race day wins.