Godolphin weekend runners update

Godolphin's trainers James Cummings and Sam Freedman comment on their stable's runners at Flemington and Randwick on Saturday.


Race 3 -  Festival of Racing 1000-Listed  (2yo SWP)       (1000m) 

DESTINATION (AUS) - 2yo Colt by Exceed And Excel (AUS) out of Heaven (AUS)
“He’s a fast colt who was run off his legs on the soft track in his campaign opener at Randwick.”
“He will show improvement on top of the ground and his speed should serve him well over the Flemington short course.”

Race 6 - ATA/Bob Hoysted Handicap-Listed       (1000m) 

HAUNTED (AUS) - 5yo Gelding by Lonhro (AUS) out of Seances (AUS)
“He had a long campaign last time in, but he did it well.”
“He’s got a very good first-up record and we expect him to race boldly.”

SOOTHING (AUS) - 5yo Filly by Lonhro (AUS) out of Dreamy (AUS)
“She galloped beautifully this week, she goes well fresh and would be suited by some give in the ground.”

Race 7 - Kennedy Australian Guineas-Group 1  (3yo SW)       (1600m) 

CHENIER (AUS) - 3yo Colt by Medaglia d'Oro (USA) out of Zydeco (AUS) – Sam Freedman
“He was by no means screwed down for his first-up run.”
“He’s had a really good couple of weeks after being all over the place before that with a trip to Sydney and back.”
“The Sydney trip, even though he didn’t race, probably did him some good, he came back more mature and eating more. It might have been the making of him.”
“He worked with Damien Oliver on Tuesday morning and went extremely well.” 
“We’d probably be happier if they went a better speed in the Guineas than last time. He’s bred to run a strong 1,600m or even further.”


Race 3 -  Optus Liverpool City Cup-Group 3  (Qlty)       (1300m) 

CASCADIAN (GB) - 5yo Gelding by New Approach (IRE) out of Falls of Lora (IRE)
“He still ran a slashing second doing the heavy lifting when resuming with a big weight in a handicap at Randwick.”
“This would be a good week to see this horse show some laser-like focus.”

HAUNTED (AUS) - 5yo Gelding by Lonhro (AUS) out of Seances (AUS)
Dual-acceptor, see above.

Race 5 - Guy Walter Proven Thoroughbreds Stakes-Group 2  (4yo+Mares SWP)       (1400m) 

POHUTUKAWA (AUS) - 4yo Filly by Medaglia d'Oro (USA) out of Lumina (AUS)
“She was crying out for 1,400 on her return.”
“It’s been a while since she has won a race but we are confident that our patience will be rewarded.“ 
“If her gallop this week was any better, it would have been a waste.”

Flit and Hugh Bowman winning the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes at Randwick, picture

Race 6 - Surround Stakes-Group 1  (3yoF SW)       (1400m) 

FLIT (AUS) - 3yo Filly by Medaglia d'Oro (USA) out of Glissade (AUS)
“Opportunities abound for Flit, but first things first, that is to be fit and firing for a typically high standard Surround Stakes.”
On Light Fingers win:
“One of the things that impressed me most was her ability to take control of her own destiny. A lot of horses can settle near the lead in a good race and fail to finish off.”
“She was able to do both.”
“This time in she has maturity and toughness on her side, and she was able to demonstrate both of those qualities.”
“If she continues in this vein, I believe she’ll be competitive in any race we choose for her.”

KIAMICHI (AUS) - 3yo Filly by Sidestep (AUS) out of Ouachita (AUS)
“We took great confidence from her bold third placing in the Light Fingers. She raced right up to her impressive barrier trial and to the condition I knew she was in.”
“She failed to cope with the change of seasons last spring, but her autumn is falling into place nicely.”
“She’s retained her fitness and is fully prepared for this G1 event.”

LYRE (AUS) - 3yo Filly by Lonhro (AUS) out of Erato (AUS) – Sam Freedman
“She looks amazing, her coat is great, she’s bright, she’s going into this in great shape.”
“If there is a question it’s the 1,400m, but she’s raced as though she’ll handle it.”

Race 7 - TAB Chipping Norton Stakes-Group 1  (WFA)       (1600m) 

AVILIUS (GB) - 6yo Gelding by Pivotal (GB) out of Alessandria (GB)
“He’s bounced back in tip-top shape from his excellent return at Caulfield a few weeks ago.”
“There’s a brightness to his eye, he’s swishing his tail and his coat has that sunburnt look that he gets at this time of year.”
“We’re looking at a balance between a swagger and a squeal as he goes onto the track in the morning.”
On the preferred track surface:
“The computer suggests his wet track form is superior but on top of the ground this weekend he will still butter up as a formidable opponent.”