Experienced form students and track watchers are in agreement; it is going to be a big Spring for the Godolphin stable. Trainer James Cummings has had a full season in charge of the stable with the famous Royal Blue silks and is looking to make his mark. The stable got off to a flyer with five winners between Moonee Valley and Randwick last Saturday, while on Wednesday the stable had to be satisfied with one winner and two unlucky placegetters from three starters at Canterbury. This weekend, Team Godolphin saddles up a host of winning chances at Flemington and Rosehill.
For the recently completed 2017/18 season, James Cummings trained 230 winners from 1175 starters at a win strike rate of close to 20% and a phenomenal 50% place strike rate. With so many runners the stable has engages a variety of jockeys, including last seasons Premiership winning jockey Brenton Avdulla as well as prominent Sydney hoops Glyn Schofield and Tye Angland. The recent signing of multiple Group 1 winning jockey James McDonald as stable jockey has added to the buzz around Godolphin. McDonald has recently returned from suspension and will be looking to make up for lost time this Spring. The Godolphin/McDonald combination enjoyed immediate success last Saturday when SOOTHING destroyed his rivals at Randwick by close to 5 lengths.
Astute punters will be keeping an eye out for imported horses moved to Australia in search of Spring Racing Carnival riches.
Godolphin Horses to follow from last week
MULTAJA – Was an impressive winner at Moonee Valley over 1000 metres rounding a good field and accelerating well late for a 2 length win. The 3-year-old filly looks capable of a fillies feature race over the Spring and looks like she will get 1400 metres and maybe a mile.
AVILIUS – The French import was victorious first up at Randwick, despite nearly a year off the racetrack. Having settled towards the rear, he was far too good for a quality field over a mile and is looking for more ground. Having raced in Group 1 company in France, the Gelding looks likely to improve further for Cummings and the Group 3 Premiers Cup over 1900m looks ideal.
SOOTHING – The Mare gave James McDonald an armchair ride in his return to the Royal Blue silks at Randwick winning by close to 5 lengths. The stable plans for her to make her way through the grades before tackling some black type racing towards the end of this preparation. Definitely one to follow.
Godolphin’s best this weekend
Found the line well when an impressive last start winner at Randwick. Has only been out of places twice in ten career starts and drops 3kg in weight. Looks a professional racehorse on the up.
UK import having first run in Australia after two barrier trials. Has a great record over the 1200 metres and a fantastic record fresh. Stable has been having success with imports and will feature in finish if anywhere near right.
Has a good record first up and has won at track and distance previously. Has been primed for this with a solid barrier trial and gets in well at the weights. Looks the winner.
Was successful in the Prelude and there is no reason he can’t win the main event. Drawn to get a gun run off the speed for Hugh Bowman and the extra 100 metres should suit. Looks a horse on the up.