Godolphin weekend runners update

Godolphin's trainer James Cummings comments on the stable's runners at Flemington and Randwick on Saturday.


Race 1 - Cap d’Antibes Stakes-Listed (3yoF SWP) (1100m)
JORDA (USA) - 3yo Filly by Exceed And Excel (AUS) out of Montmelo (AUS)
“She brings that strong San Domenico Stakes form to this race.”
“I think that’s the right sort of recipe to give herself a really strong winning chance.”
“It’s her first look up the straight at Flemington and that can be daunting, so we’re treading carefully from that perspective.”
“But I certainly think she’s got a very, very strong chance.”

Race 2 - Pin and Win Plate-Listed (3yo SWP) (1400m)
TOGA PICTA (USA) - 3yo Colt by Lonhro (AUS) out of Purple (AUS)
“He’s travelled down to Melbourne well. He’s absolutely thriving.”
“A strong lung-burner in a barrier trial at Warwick Farm last Friday showed us he’s up to the mark.”
“He’ll meet the Caulfield Guineas favourite Royal Symphony in Saturday’s race, but I still expect him to be running very strongly.”
“If there are any of the opposition who are vulnerable late, then a horse like Toga Picta is certainly going to be coming at them.”

Race 5 - Danehill Stakes-Group 2 (3yo SWP) (1200m)
ESPERANCE (USA) - 3yo Gelding by Bernardini (USA) out of Sycophant (AUS)
“He’s an interesting horse. He’s loaded with ability, but it’s all a bit of a game for him.”
“He’s got a beautiful big galloping action and quite an impressive turn of foot.”
“I’d say Saturday is going to be quite a stern test for him, but he will certainly be looming up as a chance at a critical stage. So we’ll see how far he’s come since his strong second-up win at Sandown.”
“He’s at a crossroads on Saturday. We could either pull up stumps with him after the weekend and have a vastly improved horse in the autumn. Or we could head toward the Caulfield Guineas, or keep to the short-course races, like the G1 Coolmore Stakes on Derby Day.
If he’s up to it we’ll know from his performance on Saturday and plan towards those targets.”

Race 7 - PDF Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes-Group 1 (WFA) (1600m)
HARTNELL (GB) - 7yo Gelding by Authorized (IRE) out of Debonnaire (GB)
“Not only were we very impressed by his return in the PB Lawrence where he was able to win very comfortably over 1400m, but we’ve been very pleased with him in between runs.”
“He looked like he absorbed that first-up run even better than his preliminary training. It’s a really good sign.”
“He galloped on the course proper and he really relished the opportunity. The team in Melbourne said he looked to stride into his gallop really stylishly and is full of confidence going into this race, which he’ll need to be”
“This race is that little bit stronger than what he faced first-up and some of those horses will have an extra run under their belts.”
“Hartnell might be a little vulnerable from that perspective, but he’s certainly giving us all the indications that he’s ready to fire.”
“We’re very excited about his prospects on the weekend and getting him into his preferred environment where he gets out on a big track and can use his big action and get plenty of galloping room.”

Hartnell (GB) and Craig Williams, farriers gear and all, winning at Caulfield, picture


Race 3 - Schweppes Heritage Stakes-Listed (3yo SWP) (1100m)
MALAHAT (AUS) - 3yo Colt by Exceed And Excel (AUS) out of Raspberries (AUS)
“He’s a last start winner who beat older horses at Canterbury. That’s not easy to do, but he did it in style showing a lot of strength at both ends of the race.”
“He comes back half-a-furlong in distance, but that shouldn’t present any problems because he’s got plenty of natural speed about him and he can run very well.”

MARSUPIAL (AUS) - 3yo Colt by Street Cry (IRE) out of Koala Bear (AUS)
“He returned with a resounding first-up second at Rosehill.”
“It’s a big challenge against the older horses for a young colt like him but he really acquitted himself well and he’s trained on. He looks in good order and galloped beautifully on the course proper at Warwick Farm on Tuesday morning.”

VIRIDINE (AUS) - 3yo Colt by Poet’s Voice (GB) out of Patina (AUS)
“He’s unbeaten in his only two starts.”
“He was a pretty impressive, late-maturing colt. He has the opportunity to take it to another level. His two trials have been solid. He looks a little bit soft but it’s only 1100m here and he could be running a big race.
“A little bit of cut would also suit him. He’ll be one of the picks of the yard and will hopefully run accordingly.”

Race 4 - Bill Ritchie Handicap-Group 3 (Qlty) (1400m)
HAVANA COOLER (IRE) - 8yo Gelding by Hurricane Run (IRE) out of Unquenchable (USA)
“He’s a middle distance type who will need much further.”

SPECTROSCOPE (USA) - 5yo Horse by Medaglia d’Oro (USA) out of Diamondrella (GB)
“A much better chance. He ran well without winning first-up behind Deploy who has since run another record.”
“He’s been building really nicely between runs, as a European import he’ll appreciate his runs being spaced.”
“He’ll get a good opportunity to get back into the winners’ circle and lay down his Epsom hopes.”

Race 5 - Tea Rose Stakes-Group 2 (1400m)
ALIZEE (USA) - 3yo Filly by Sepoy (AUS) out of Essaouira (AUS)
“She’s gone close in her last couple of starts at Group level. She was only beaten a half-length in the Furious Stakes last start and we’re just trying her over 1400m here.”
“We’re yet to be convinced that she’ll run it out strongly, but in her training at home she’s giving the indication that she will.”
“Either way, it’s not hurting her, she’s thriving, enjoying her work and she’s getting that bit better at the races every time from what I can see of her attitude.”

REGIMEN (USA) - 3yo Filly by Sepoy (AUS) out of Disciplined (AUS)
“She was blocked for a run last start at Canterbury against the older mares. Back against the fillies she’s not without a hope. She’s got pent-up energy from her last start and she looks very strong in herself.”
“We can see a filly like her coming into this leg of the Princess series and do well.”

Race 8 - Kingston Town Stakes-Group 3 (SWP) (2000m)
ALLERGIC (AUS) - 6yo Gelding by Street Cry (IRE) out of Cajou (AUS)
“He gets to the 2000m for the first time in this preparation.”
“He’s had to chase Winx home at his past two. He’s third-up here and we’d like to see him run a bit of a race.”
“I think he’s building toward something, but I’d just like to see some cut in the track for him to do his best. I think he’ll finish a lot closer than at his previous two starts.”