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Godolphin young stars have the Aussie Spring in their feet


A fair amount of big race victories shored up for James Cummings, the Godolphin head trainer in Australia, with Alizee and Astoria claiming Group successes, and Viridine landing a Listed event recently. Alizee turned out to be peerless in Group Two company as she romped to a length and a quarter success in the 1400m Tea Rose Stakes at Royal Randwick. With Cummings at Flemington to watch Astoria come good in the 1600m Group 3 Spring Stakes, his assistant Darren Beadman saddled the filly Alizee who was quickly away under Glyn Schofield.

Beadman said: “She found a nice rhythm and Glyn rode her like she was sort of in a barrier trial, kept her nice and comfortable on the right horse’s back. ”It was really important to just keep her balanced and that is what we spoke about before the race. Just wait the extra 100m and then when they opened up she produced the brilliance she has always shown at home. “She is a real confidence filly but she is really maturing with every start, every time she comes to the races, taking it all in her stride.

James has done a wonderful job preparing her for today.” Winner on his debut in the autumn, Astoria produced a brilliant run to come good from last in the final 500m of the 1600m Group 3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle. Under Tye Angland, the 3yo son of Medaglia D’Oro won by three quarters of a length from Merovee, with Primitivo a further nose behind in third. Cummings admitted he hoped Astoria would find himself in a more forward position early on in the race. “We’d hoped he’d be one or two pairs closer, but Tye didn’t panic and the colt did his job very well,” said Cummings.

Angland added: “We had to go back but he travelled kindly and I was able to get onto the back of the right horse. He’s still a bit new, but there’s plenty of talent there.” Viridine received Beadman’s approval after he maintained his unbeaten record with a dominant return to action in the Listed Heritage Stakes over 1100m at Royal Randwick. Held up in fourth under Brenton Avdulla, Viridine was asked to go in the final 200m and he responded to shoot a length and a quarter clear from Single Bullet, with Albumin taking third, shy by a neck.

Two other Godolphin runners Malahat and Marsupial were fourth and fifth. Beadman said: “He did a couple of things wrong early, but when Brenton asked him for an effort he really stuck his neck out and wanted to hit the line. “He is so eager to please, he sometimes gets a bit messed up but when he caught them, he then put them away nicely. He is still learning his craft but he is a lovely colt with a great attitude.” Avdulla added: “He didn’t really settle for me until the 600m. So we only had a breather for about a furlong which worried me, but when I asked him for an effort, he found plenty and ran away from them which he hasn’t done before. He looks to be set for a good spring.

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07 Aug 2018
Issue Number: Issue 647
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