Godolphin sent out another winner on Wednesday with the first starter Couvre Lit showing talent in disposing of her fellow two-year-old’s in the $40,000, TAB.com.au Plate (1200m) at Warwick Farm with ease. The win backed up the stable’s premier weekend with Hartnell (GB) and Kementari winning highlights.
The Bernardini filly Couvre Lit had trialled twice prior to her debut, winning the last over 745m at Randwick on January 29th, but punters were not sure about the field making Venom the $3.70 favourite.
However, after Glyn Schofield had settled Couvre Lit in third there was not too much doubt about the outcome. Entering the main straight Schofield sent the filly to the middle of the track in the same manner as he did with Kementari on Saturday to win the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes, and in similar fashion the filly pulled away from the others for a 3/4L win.
The win could have been by more but Schofield eased off Couvre Lit with the job well and truly completed on a very hot afternoon.
The Chris Waller trained Adana (Snitzel) came quickly late under Kerrin McEvoy and Dio D’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) and Winona Costin were third after leading into the main straight, the margin 1/4L. Venom was fourth 2 1/2L back.
The time was 1.10.47 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 35.26. Couvre Lit paid $4.60 on fixed odds and $5.20 on the tote.
“She was a little bit between a rock and a hard place coming into a 1200m first up as she can be a little bit fiery, but Glyn did a great job bluffing the others to cross from her mid-barrier (five) and keep her as settled as he could at six furlongs (1200m) first up,” said trainer James Cummings.
“She had plenty of strength and fitness on her side first up and she is paid up for a lot of the good races and we will see how much she can continue to improve.
“Race experience is great for a filly like her and we will see how much more tractable she becomes. Give me a horse that has an engine any day and we will work out those other kinks in time,” he said.
Cummings was careful not to nominate a specific target for Couvre Lit, saying that she not at the level of their two times winning Dawn Approach filly Gongs, but that there were ‘plenty of options for a two-year-old filly at this time of the year’.
“Black type really, she has to jump into the deep end now and if we think she is up to a nice race we will see how she pulls up. She is certainly a long way ahead of a bunch of our other fillies who have not been able to get to the races yet,” he said.
“Very promising to win a six furlong first up against horses who have raced, so she showed a lot of raw aggression early,” said Schofield.
“Typical Bernardini she just wants to get on with it from the get go and we were able to find a nice bit of cover until it was time to go.
“I let her roll along and I must say she quickened up really well and sustained that strength to the line,” he said.
Couvre Lit, out of the Lonhro mare Counterpane, is nominated for the $600,000, Group 2 IG Markets Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) for two-year-old fillies at Randwick on April 14th. She has opened her account with earned stakes of $33,220.
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