Godolphin weekend runners update

Godolphin trainers James Cummings, Charlie Appleby and Saeed Bin Suroor comment on their stable's runners at Randwick, Caulfield and Mornington on Saturday.


Race 3 - Reginald Allen Quality-Listed  (3yoF Qlty)       (1400m) 
CRISTOBAL (AUS) - 3yo Filly by Exceed And Excel (AUS) out of Status Quo (AUS) James Cummings
“She turned in a strong finish against the boys last time and despite carrying a penalty here, this is a suitable target for her.”
“She has been pretty plain in track work so we’ve added blinkers which should sharpen her up.”

Race 7 - The Everest  (WFA)       (1200m) 
OSBORNE BULLS (AUS) - 5yo Gelding by Street Cry (IRE) out of Jerezana (AUS) James Cummings
“I wanted him third-up in the Rupert Clarke because he flies third up, but he missed a run and that wasn’t to be.”
“But he’s third-up here and the way it’s unfolded there’s every reason to think he’ll run a personal best in The Everest, which he’s going to need to produce to compete with the best sprinters in the country at weight-for-age.”
“He’s as good as I’ve ever had him.”
“Whether he’s good enough at this stage, remains to be seen, but to be involved in a race like this, one of the biggest sprints in world racing that has attracted a great field, is a great experience for me and the team.”
“To see the Godolphin colours go around in The Everest will be a huge thrill for the entire organisation.”

Race 8 - Craven Plate-Group 3  (WFA)       (2000m) 
ALLERGIC (AUS) - 7yo Gelding by Street Cry (IRE) out of Cajou (AUS) James Cummings
“He’s running at weight-for-age here which may not  suit him.”
“All being well you can expect to see him back up in the City Tatts Cup next weekend. That should suit him nicely.”

IT'S SOMEWHAT (USA) - 7yo Gelding by Dynaformer (USA) out of Sometime (IRE) James Cummings
“I deliberately gave him two grounding runs and he responded with an excellent third-up effort in the Hill Stakes which should be good form for this race.”
“I’m confident we’ve got him perfect for the Craven Plate on a signature day.”


Race 1 - Inglis Debutant Stakes-Listed  (2yo SW)       (1000m) 
LANIGERA (AUS) - 2yo Colt by Denman (AUS) out of Chinchilla (AUS) James Cummings
“He’s shown bucket loads of speed that should stand him in good stead.”
“He was held together up the straight in a trial recently and if he can harness his energy he can run well.”

Race 2 - Weekend Hussler Stakes-Listed       (1400m) 
DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) - 6yo Gelding by Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) out of Love Valentine (IRE) James Cummings
“His coat is glowing and he should get a far better run here than he did when one fell back in his lap in the Epsom.”

COMICAS (USA) – 6yo Gelding by Distorted Humor out of Abby’s Angel (USA) Charlie Appleby
“His recent runs have been on the dirt in Dubai but I have always seen him as a horse who would do well in Australia.”
“One of his best runs was second in the G1 Golden Shaheen on dirt last year.”
“James Doyle has won on him and partners him again on Saturday.”

Race 4 - Northwood Plume Stakes-Group 3  (4yo+ Mares SWP)       (1200m) 
FRAGONARD (AUS) - 5yo Filly by New Approach (IRE) out of Segolene (AUS) James Cummings
“She’s thrown into the deep end to an extent.”
“But she pulled up so enormously well that we couldn’t help but bring her back to the races.”

Hartnell (GB) (white blaze) winning the Gruop 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick, picture

Race 7 - Toorak Handicap-Group 1       (1600m) 
HARTNELL (GB) - 7yo Gelding by Authorized (IRE) out of Debonnaire (GB) James Cummings
“We’ve been delighted with the way he’s come through that effort and we’ll proceed to the Toorak Handicap now, despite him having to carry the penalty for winning the Epsom.”  
“He’s back up to 59kg, but I think that against those horses he’s very capable of being competitive with them at that weight.”
“He’ll enjoy getting back to Caulfield where he’s still got quite a good record.” 
“Staying at 1600m for now looks perfect leading up a to a race like the G1 Cantala Stakes at Flemington later in the carnival.”
“It was a careful choice that we made to run in this rather than the Caulfield Stakes, but he’s responded so well to being kept to the shorter trips that I had to go with our gut feeling.”

JUNGLE CAT (IRE) - 7yo Horse by Iffraaj (GB) out of Mike’s Wildcat (USA) Charlie Appleby
“We were delighted he won the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke, as that was the race we had picked out for him months ago. He deserved that win.” 
“I thought the way he ran last time that the 1600m is going to suit him even better. James Doyle is back to take the ride again which is a big positive. They know each other well.”

Race 8 – Caulfield Stakes-Group 1 (WFA)        (2000m) 
BENBATL (GB) – 5yo Horse by Dubawi (IRE) out of Nahrain (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor 
“He has been away from the racecourse for some time.”
“He hasn’t raced since the Juddmonte International at York in August, so he needs a run before moving on to the Cox Plate.”

BLAIR HOUSE (IRE) - 6yo Gelding by Pivotal (GB) out of Patroness (GB) Charlie Appleby
“His first run in Australia (in the G1 Underwood Stakes) was good in the circumstances.”
“He missed the break and was near-last early, yet he finished off his race well, despite being checked in the straight.”
“This is a tough race, but he is ready to step up.”

Race 10 – Herbert Power-Group 2       (2400m) 
PRIZE MONEY (GB) – 6yo Gelding by Authorized out of Dresden Doll (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor 
“His work has been good, both before he left Newmarket (UK) and on arrival at Werribee.”
“I feel the Australian style of racing is going to suit him, and this will be a good starting point for his campaign. It is the right race for him.”
“This race will tell us which races he should be targeting,”
Sunday, 14 October 2018


Cranbourne Cup – Listed          (2025m)
FOLKSWOOD (GB) - 6yo Gelding by Exceed And Excel (AUS) out of Magic Nymph (IRE) Charlie Appleby
“He was disappointing (in the G3 Naturalism Stakes) at Caulfield on his first run in Australia this year. He drew wide, and appeared to travel well to the home turn, but caved in very quickly.
“He won the Cranbourne Cup last year, so we know he is up to it. We will see how he runs this time before making further plans,”