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Godolphin weekend runners update

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

Race 3 - World Horse Racing Springtime Stakes-Listed  (3yo)       (1400m) 

HILO (AUS) - 3yo Colt by Lonhro (AUS) out of Kona (AUS)
“He’s backing up here and dropping back in distance.”
“He didn’t see out the mile when he led on a strong gallop last week and despite the big weight, we anticipate a strong performance.”

KNICKPOINT (AUS) - 3yo Colt by Carlton House (USA) out of Klamath Falls (USA)
“He is a young colt rising steeply in class but looks to have the promise to make that step.”
“He has the action of a horse who should enjoy the wide expanses of Flemington and the 1,400m of this assignment looks tailor made.”

Race 5 - Darley Sprint Classic-Group 1  (WFA)       (1200m) 

ALIZEE (AUS) - 5yo Filly by Sepoy (AUS) out of Essaouira (AUS)
“We are hoping for a quieter ride here after her three-length Everest defeat.”
“She coursed wide that day and was gallant going down by that margin.”
“This is her first attempt up the straight six at Flemington. It would be wonderful to see her enjoy a suitable transit and pounce on them with her customary finish.”

Race 7 - Chatham Stakes-Group 3       (1400m) 

HAUNTED (AUS) - 5yo Gelding by Lonhro (AUS) out of Seances (AUS)
“We have saved him for this event rather than a race on Tuesday.  Our thinking is that the 1,400m is more suitable.”
“He was felt for before the turn when winning at Caulfield last start and the extra ground here should give him every opportunity for back to back wins.”

Race 8 - Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes-Group 1  (WFA)       (2000m) 

HARTNELL (GB) - 8yo Gelding by Authorized (IRE) out of Debonnaire (GB)
“He’s transcended the normal meaning for what it is to be a thoroughbred and is arguably the best horse Godolphin has raced in this country.”
“With 13 wins against his name and 22 minor placings, he’s got some record.”
“He has an inordinate ability to always be figuring in the biggest races.”
“It surprises some people that he’s only won four G1s, they think he’s won more than that.”
“But 10 of his wins have been in Stakes races, and he was placed in G1s 13 times; an amazing record.”
“He means much more than a normal racehorse, he’s tapped into something deeper for all of us, and we count ourselves lucky that he came along in our time.”

Alizee, picture Quentinjlang.com

   
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