Avilius (GB) storms Kingston Town Stakes

Godolphin’s Avilius (GB) under Glyn Schofield stormed the field in the $160,000, Group 3 The Agency Real Estate Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday in a power demonstration of galloping that will take the five-year-old deep into higher spring riches.

The race was the third for the import in Australia and he has won each, stepping up with ease through the first two and taking the further step on Saturday that showed a turn of foot that allowed him to demolish the field from the rear of the field.

Schofield settled at the rear of the capacity 16 strong field and bided his time through to end of the High Street side. He then guided Avilius wide to the middle of the track and set off after the leaders. The task was not for the faint hearted and there was a real job to be done,  but once Avilius had stepped up his gears it was quickly obvious that he had too much speed.

At the 200m Avilius was close to the leaders and that position was accomplished by the 100m. Such was the passing speed that Schofield was able to ease with 10m to run with the winning margin still 3/4L.

Brimham Rocks (GB) (Fastnet Rock) and Kerrin McEvoy were second with I Am Serious (Choisir) and Jay Ford third. Patrick Erin (NZ) was fourth.

The time was 2.02.01 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 34.87. Avilius paid $2.90 on fixed odds and the tote as favourite.

Avilius and Glyn Schofield heading on by the field, picture

“He has been a breath of fresh air this horse he is certainly a proper horse,” said Darren Beadman, Godolphin stable spokesman.

“He rode him a very confident race, he put him to sleep and he is going to be going up in distance and when Glyn popped him off at the half mile and got on the back of once In heaven, got a nice tow into the race and he gave the leaders a bit of a start but picked them up with authority.

“He is out of a Sunday Silence mare and has real staying bloodlines and when you have a turn of foot like he does he will take you a long way.

“He can’t be penalised because of the set weights penalties for this race for The Metropolitan and the Cups so if the team decides to go that way. At the moment the world is his oyster and he is a horse with a bright future,” he said.

“He has announced his arrival in the country with a good start to his career here but I suppose today was another feather in his cap," said Schofield. 

“He was a fair way back in the run but it was run pretty solidly and I was fortunate enough to get him to the outside and allow him to use that speed that he has got. It is very nice to see on a dry track with a testing tempo that he still had that turn of speed. It was a good all round performance.” 

“He just floats along early on and as the race starts to gather it’s momentum through the 600m he grabs the bridle and picks up. You’re just looking for somewhere to go with him. Get him to the clear air on the outside and he did the rest," he said

Avilus, by Pivotal out of the Sunday Silence mare Alessandria, is a home-bred for the international breeding and racing operation. This was his fifth win from just 10 starts and with three placings, all at Group 2 level in France, he has won stakes of $407,710. There is much more over the coming weeks for Avilius particularly with his light weights of 52kg for The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on September 29th and 53kg for the Victorian Cups.

Kingston Town Stakes, photo finish picture ATC

What the beaten jockeys said:

Tye Angland (Big Duke): “Good run just wants further.”

Josh Parr (One Foot In Heaven): “Solid effort. Just needs a bit of give in the ground.”

Jean Van Overmeire (Classic Uniform): “Great race. Surprised if he’s not in the money next start.”

Hugh Bowman (Libran): “He ran very well.”

Jim Byrne (Testashadow): “Probably just doesn’t see the 2000m out.”

Tim Clark (Sedanzer): “She ran well.”

Corey Brown (Satono Rasen): “I rolled forward. If he had have been able to relax he’d have gone better. He’d just too much work.”

Andrew Adkins (Emperor's Way): “Bounced in great spot early. Got shuffled back with the tempo. Shut right out at the furlong. Forget run.”

Tommy Berry (Patrick Erin): “Very good run. Would have liked a clear run up the straight. Be hard to beat in the Metrop.”

James McDonald (Alward): “He’s going well peaking now.”

Christian Reith (Prince Cheri): “Only fair today.”

Jason Collett (Embley): “Slow to begin did too much work to get up on speed.”

Jay Ford (I Am Serious): “I had to use her a bit to offset the draw.”

Kathy O’Hara (Salsonic): “Didn’t really finish the race off today. Copped severe interference and never recovered.”

Kerrin McEvoy (Brimham Rocks): “Good run. You know he’s going to get better out in trip.”

Avilius (GB), picture