Godolphin weekend runners update
Godolphin's trainer James Cummings comments on the stable's runners at Caulfield and Randwick on Saturday.
Race 1 - Inglis Debutant Stakes-Listed (2yo SW) (1000m)
ENCRYPTION (AUS) - 2yo Colt by Lonhro (AUS) out of Guelph (AUS)
“There’s something fitting about Guelph’s first foal making its debut on the day she won her fourth G1 in the Thousand Guineas.
“He’s a lovely colt who’s gone ahead since he jumped out up the straight at Flemington a couple of weeks ago.
“He’s an unassuming type and there’s a lot to like about him going into this race.
“But we’ve got our feet on the ground. He’s certainly got something, but he needs to show it on race day.
“We feel like he’s going every bit as good as the pair who ran so well at Flemington last weekend (Ranier and Sanglier)
Race 2 - Thoroughbred Club Stakes-Group 3 (3yoF SWP) (1200m)
JORDA (AUS) - 3yo Filly by Exceed And Excel (AUS) out of Montmelo (AUS)
“On paper her run at Flemington last month doesn’t look great, but she had legitimate excuses - she hadn’t been down the straight before, she was out on a limb without cover and she struck herself behind.
“She’s been good in jumpouts since, so I would be confident of a good run from her at Caulfield.
Race 6 - Schweppes Thousand Guineas-Group 1 (3yoF SW) (1600m)
ALIZEE (AUS) - 3yo Filly by Sepoy (AUS) out of Essaouira (AUS)
“I couldn’t be much happier with the way she handled Caulfield this morning. Her work was perfect.
“She got around the track without any trouble and the change of scenery will keep her stimulated.
“She’s deep into her preparation but that doesn’t bother me too much. She has enough condition on her to allow her to hold her form from her last start which was a fabulous effort.
“Everything I’ve asked of her, she has done.
“She started her prep in really cold condition at Osborne Park and it’s taken her plenty of time to shake off her winter coat.
“We’re taking on the Melbourne fillies on their home patch, but we’re happy with the way she’s arrived and we’re looking forward to the challenge.
“She came out of the Flight Stakes better than from the Tea Rose at her previous start.
“The small field in the Thousand Guineas will be in her favour, but ultimately she will need to make her own luck at some stage.
Race 7 - Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes-Group 1 (WFA) (2000m)
HARTNELL (GB) - 6yo Gelding by Authorized (IRE) out of Debonnaire (GB)
“He looks to be in the best condition of his whole preparation.
“He’s getting out to 10 furlongs for the first time and he’s had three runs.
“At each of his past two runs there have been things that didn’t go his way and he still ran very well to finish second.
“I’m delighted with where he’s at, he’s really blossomed since the Underwood Stakes where he ran so well behind Bonneval who he meets again.
“He’ll give himself every opportunity to turn the tables on what is obviously a very good mare.
“At this stage we haven’t made any decisions beyond Saturday, but there are a few good options if we decide to continue his campaign
Race 8 - Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas-Group 1 (3yo SW) (1600m)
KEMENTARI (AUS) - 3yo Colt by Lonhro (AUS) out of Yavanna (AUS)
“He’s a three-year-old who is still on the way up. He’s had a really attractive grounding for the 1600m third-up and I loved his Guineas trial in the Prelude when he warmed to the task late in the race. I thought it was a beautiful trial.
“Since then he’s gone ahead and comes to his grand final race in top condition.
“The race has brought together a field of very good colts and filly who has very good form, but that’s what you expect in a Guineas and I think he has the quality and the form to be in there with them.
“This is the race we’ve set him for and he’s ready to run well despite coming up with a slightly tricky barrier (10).
SANCTIONED (AUS) - 3yo Colt by Teofilo (IRE) out of Aforethought (AUS)
“He’s a horse who copes with his racing really well. From a wide barrier in the Champion Stakes last Saturday it didn’t unfold the way we wanted it to.
“He got back in a slowly-run race and motored home well from the back of the field which isn’t his pattern.
“The good thing is that he’s got form around all the important horses, he’s got form around Ace High, Gold Standard and he defeated the Golden Rose winner first up.
“So I like him coming back to 1600m here. The draw will be an obstacle, but I can see him acquitting himself well despite that.
Race 3 - Reginald Allen Quality-Listed (3yoF) (1400m)
REGIMEN (AUS) - 3yo Filly by Sepoy (AUS) out of Disciplined (AUS)
“She’s a well-performed Sepoy filly who’s been coming through the mid-week grades strongly.
“You have to take notice of her win against older mares at Warwick Farm. It can’t be overestimated how hard it is for a three-year-old filly to beat the older ones at this time of year.
Race 7 - Sydney Stakes (City Tatts Lightning)-Listed (WFA) (1200m)
IMPENDING (AUS) - 3yo Colt by Lonhro (AUS) out of Mnemosyne (AUS)
“Even though he won on debut as a two-year-old, he’s typically taken time to ease into his preparations since then.
“He’s a four-year-old colt now, so he’ll take some racing but he’s improved dramatically from his second trial.
“I like the way he’s conducted himself in his preliminary preparation leading into this.
“He looks to have muscled up really well since his break.
“He needs to take a step up to weight-for-age now having won a G1 handicap on the limit.
“But he mixed it with horses like Clearly Innocent and In Her Time in that campaign, so he looks like he’s going to really enjoy being back at Randwick on a dry track and getting the opportunity to go to another level.
“He’s a beautifully bred horse and a really important colt for Godolphin and we’ll keep building his profile.
“It’s very important that he runs a really positive race first up and while there’s still some improvement to come, it looks like he’s ready to run very well.
Race 9 - Craven Plate-Group 3 (WFA) (2000m)
SPECTROSCOPE (USA) - 5yo Colt by Medaglia d’Oro (USA) out of Diamondrella (GB)
“He ran well last time and he’s improved, but he’ll need to if he’s going to be competitive with a horse like Happy Clapper.
“Look for improvement, but he’ll be much better next start.
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