Godolphin weekend runners update

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


Race 3   Ladbrokes Red Anchor Stakes-Group 3  (3yos SWP)       (1200m) 

VALAQUENTA (AUS) - 3yo Gelding by Street Boss (USA) out of Yavanna (AUS)
James Cummings, Jockey – Mark Zahra, 57kgs, Barrier: 9
“Valaquenta has an important Valley victory to his name from his debut win here in January. Whilst he has gone down fighting in both runs this prep, he has a bit of form about him and some swagger from good gallops in his trackwork.”

Race 4   Lexus Fillies Classic-Group 2  (3yoF SW)       (1600m) 

THERMOSPHERE (AUS) - 3yo Filly by Exosphere (AUS) out of Glows (AUS)
James Cummings, Jockey – Damian Lane, 57kgs, Barrier: 3
“The boys in Melbourne were bullish about her having more to offer after an unplaced Thousand Guineas effort. The filly is strong and bright, she is well-placed in this and off her brave Edward Manifold form she can run on competitively around The Valley camber.”

Race 10   PFD Food Services Crockett Stakes-Listed  (3yoF SWP)       (1200m) 

RAISON D'ETRE (AUS) - 3yo Filly by Exceed And Excel (AUS) out of Abduction (AUS)
James Cummings, Jockey – Mark Zahra, 56kgs, Barrier: 12
“After impressing first-up in a maiden, she has struggled to strike a blow.”
“We have endeavoured to freshen her for this test, at least bringing the experience of a Valley run last month.”


Race 3   Brian Crowley Stakes-Listed   (3yos SWP)           (1200m) 

DESTINATION (AUS) - 3yo Colt by Exceed And Excel (AUS) out of Heaven (AUS)
James Cummings, Jockey – Ms Rachel King, 56kgs, Barrier: 3
“This colt is gleaming.” 
“You have to be impressed with the form he brings to this Brian Crowley, and at trackwork between runs has been brimming with confidence.”

Race 6   Bondi Stakes  (3yos SW)          (1600m) 

NAMAZU (AUS) - 3yo Colt by Medaglia d’Oro (USA) out of Earthquake (AUS)
James Cummings, Jockey – Ms Rachel King, 57kgs, Barrier: 9
“He’s a rapidly improving, 600kg ball of muscle.”
“The earth moved when he worked on Tuesday.”

Race 7   The Nivison-Group 3    (4yo+ Mares SWP)         (1200m) 

ATHIRI (AUS) - 4yo Mare by Lonhro (AUS) out of Retsina (AUS)
James Cummings, Jockey – Ms Rachel King, 54kgs, Barrier: 8
“This preparation has been about getting her back.”
“After starting out with two narrow and luckless efforts, the mare has put up a brace of Randwick victories in the style of a horse used to winning.” 
“She’s maturing beautifully.”

Athiri and Rachel King, picture