Team Godolphin provided an impressive glimpse of its spring 3-year-old prospects when sending out the first two winners on Wednesday’s Randwick-Kensington program staged in a cold and blustery Sydney.
Represented by the respective favourites in separate maiden events for juvenile Colts & Geldings and Fillies over 1100m, the powerhouse stable saluted with Brigantine in the former and Laurelin in the latter in a genuine show of strength leading into the impending 2021/22 racing season.
A handsome son of Darley’s very promising first season sire Astern, Brigantine ($3.20) showed significant improvement on two unplaced performances earlier in the season to land the $50,000, Admire Mars at Arrowfield Plate under a consummate ride by Kerrin McEvoy.
Ridden just behind the speed in the early stages, Brigantine set off after the leaders at the top of the home straight and was always doing enough to score by close on half-a-length from Publicist ($15.00) in second and Baranof ($18.00) in third.
Brigantine ran right through the line when kept honest by the runner-up Publicist, who was also doing his best work at the finish after bursting through runners close to the fence and providing a genuine challenge to the winner over the closing stages.
Admire Mars at Arrowfield Plate
Some 35 minutes later and the unmistakable blue livery of Godolphin was at it again. This time Laurelin, a daughter of Lonhro, recorded her first career win in the $50,000 Darley Supporting Catwalk Plate at just her second start with a very polished display of sprinting under James McDonald.
Positioned in a very prominent position after jumping smartly from the outside gate in a field of 12, Laurelin ($4.20) asserted her superiority down the Kenso straight and only had runner-up Ringarosa ($31.00) to hold at bay in the run to the line. Ruby Kisses ($9.00) finished a distant third.
While all honours went the way of the winner, the debut performance of Ringarosa to finish second was outstanding and the daughter of Sebring appears to be a very talented member of the Gary Portelli stable moving forward.
Both Brigantine and Laurelin ran similar winning times (1m03.53s & 1m03.42s) and final 600-metre sectionals (35.01s & 35.14s).
Official margins for the two contests were Neck x 1-3/4 Len in the case of Brigantine’s win, and 3/4 Len x 2-1/4 Len in relation to Laurelin’s success.
Brigantine, who holds an entry for the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) in September, hails for the ‘Hula’ family of the former exceptional milers Hula Chief and Hula Drum, and is a paternal grandson of the dual Group 1 winning racemare Love Dance.
Laurelin on the other hand is a full-sister to the much maligned but genuine Group 1 talent Kementari, winner of the Randwick Guineas (G1) in 2018 and more lately the WATC AJ Scahill Stakes (G3) during the 2020 Perth Summer Carnival.
Darley Supporting Catwalk Plate, photo finish pictures ATC