Big Weekend for Godolphin Australia

Big Weekend for Godolphin Australia

Big Weekend for Godolphin Australia

BRC Sprint

A race of suitable standard and the fitness gained from his past two runs put Moher into the frame for a breakthrough Stakes victory in Saturday’s G3 BRC Sprint at Doomben.

All of Moher’s seven wins to date have been in restricted company, but trainer James Cummings is satisfied the son of Lonhro has enough in his favour to be in the finish here.

“He’s prepared to run the best race of this preparation in the BRC Sprint,” Cummings said.

“He’s certainly going into this race looking as good as we’ve had him.”

Moher’s most recent win was in a strong 1400m event at Flemington last spring when he showed a touch of class to beat the handy Duke Of Brunswick.

He then raced through the early summer without reproducing the form and was sent for a rest.

Moher (Glyn Schofield) ran respectably under a big weight when resuming in a strong race that included his classy stablemate Osborne Bulls. He was then fifth in the Listed Gold Coast Cup on May 5.

Cummings acknowledges that Moher needs to improve to be competitive at G3 level, but is more than hopeful that he can be.

“This will be an interesting throw at the stumps for Moher,” he said.

“He’s getting deeper into his campaign, but still has a bit of freshness in his legs against some horses who have been up for a fair while.”

In that category is the topweight Cellarman who has raced reliably for the past six months winning seven of his past 11 starts, and his stable companion Tougherthantherest who has won his past three.

Kingsford-Smith Cup

The Kingsford-Smith Cup at Doomben is firmly on the agenda for Impending as the star Godolphin sprinter bids for another G1 win to take with him to stud.

Impending has come through his second placing behind English in last weekend’s G1 Doomben 10,000 in “fantastic shape” and trainer James Cummings expects the four-year-old to be even better suited for his next assignment.

“He’s pulled up in fantastic shape after an outstanding performance in the 10,000,” Cummings said.

“We were all extremely impressed with his effort, and in a race of that sort of quality there’s no doubt he did a lot for his reputation just before he goes to stud.”

It is now hoped Impending will do even more in the Kingsford-Smith run over 1,300m at Doomben on Saturday, 26 May.

A further possibility could come in the G1 Stradbroke Handicap, also over the Doomben 1,300m two weeks later.

“He’ll go straight to the Kingsford Smith Cup where he’ll step up slightly in distance to 1300m,” Cummings said.

“He’ll be beautifully suited again under weight-for-age conditions and for a horse who’s continued to build and improve during this preparation there are exciting times ahead.

“He really exploded to the line against proven G1 sprinters last week and to only be narrowly beaten by English and have horses like Redzel, Le Romain and In Her Time in his wake not only bodes well for his current preparation, but also for his status as a stallion.”

Darley Goodwood

Classy colt Viridine is primed to produce a peak performance when he makes his first appearance against older horses at G1 level in Saturday’s Darley Goodwood at Morphettville, South Australia.

The three-year-old son of Poet’s Voice comes into the A$1m race off a third placing at his latest run when he was beaten less than a half-length from the winner in the G2 Euclase Stakes.

“He’s come out of that race in very good order, in fact, he’s been marching around feeling very good about himself for the past couple of weeks,” said trainer James Cummings.

“He galloped beautifully on the course proper at Morphettville on Tuesday morning and he’ll be going to the Goodwood in top order.”

Cummings acknowledges that, as a three-year-old racing in open company, a lot is being asked of Viridine (Regan Bayliss) to carry 55.5kg.

“Even though he’s not well off under the conditions of the race, he’ll get there in very, very good shape and in a condition that’s going to see him perform adequately again at G1 level,” he said.

“If he can find a couple of lengths on his first performance left-handed then I think he’s a knockout chance in this race.

“He’s certainly fit and has the class to be right there with them, and I think he’ll be parading as one of the picks in the yard.”

Viridine revealed himself to be a well above-average colt by winning his first four starts.

That form earned him a start in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes over the Flemington straight course last spring where he was disadvantaged by gate one, but still finished a fine fifth.

This time around, Viridine has run well in strong races, with his last run the best for the campaign.

With the top-level sprinters in Brisbane he gets his chance against a good, even field, despite drawing the outside of the 20-runner field.

The locally-trained Viddora, a G1 second in the Moir Stakes in Melbourne last spring, shapes as one of the hardest to beat, along with the topweight Vega Magic.

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