Godolphin Australia and Saturday’s Doomben Cup
Improved fitness and a step out in distance gives It’s Somewhat the opportunity to secure the second G1 win of his career when he runs in Saturday’s Doomben Cup.
One of the veterans of Godolphin’s Australian team, It’s Somewhat (Damian Browne) has been a regular winner in his four seasons of racing in this country, his 26 runs producing seven victories, including the G1 Doncaster Mile.
He comes into the Doomben Cup with the highest official ranking in the race and with A$3.3 million in prizemoney against his name.
Little wonder that trainer James Cummings sees It’s Somewhat as a live chance to improve on his most recent form and snatch a late-season G1.
“I know he comes off a lacklustre run in the Hollindale Stakes, but we were forced to work a little bit hard from a wide gate,” Cummings said.
The trainer pointed out that It’s Somewhat invariably produces a peak effort at the third run of his preparation and he’s confident the 2000m will help.
“As far as his pattern goes, this should suit him. If he can turn it around as he’s prone to do once he gets to 2000m, then I think we can expect to see a vastly improved version of It’s Somewhat.”
While Cummings would have been happy to see him perform better in his two runs this time in, he’s seen signs of improvement since his last-start ninth.
“He galloped in blinkers yesterday morning and he worked very nicely,” Cummings said.
He is also looking to It’s Somewhat’s form of last spring when he was well beaten over 1,600 at Moonee Valley before making dramatic improvement at his next start to run third in the Mackinnon Stakes.
“That sort of performance would have him competitive against an even bunch of WFA horses this weekend,” he said.
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.