By Duane Fonseca
Godolphin won its fourth Group One race of the year when celebrating a 1-3 in the Furphy Goodwood at Morphettville in Adelaide, South Australia, on Saturday.
James Cummings schooled Trekking brought them the honours as he travelled well under John Allen to snatch success from the grasp of local hero Gytrash with what was the last stride of the 1200m contest.
Gytrash trained by Jason Holder and ridden by Gordon Richards was in turn a length and three quarters ahead of Trekking’s bannermate Lyre, the charge of Anthony Freedman who ran under the command of Zac Spain.
Victory by a short head was the 5yo Street Cry gelding’s second career Group One success after his victory in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm last June.
Trekking broke well, but was settled in midfield by Allen, running along the rail all along even as Gytrash went forward looking the real deal. Lyre kept behind his teammate, but as the field turned for home Allen shook up Trekking and with the pair finding space to maneuver out of traffic, they cut towards the centre. There was still a lot of catching up to do but Trekking seemed up to it and with a gargantuan effort he caught up just in time poking in ahead of Gytrash, with Lyre doing his bit to seal third place for Godolphin.
In winning, trainer James Cummings joined his great-grandfather Jim and grandfather Bart Cummings on the Goodwood honour roll as Trekking claimed his 11th win in 29 starts.
Trekking also helped Allen claim a fourth Group 1 success in Adelaide as the rider added to his victory aboard Russian Camelot in the South Australian Derby last Saturday.
“It was my first time riding him and when I got out to the mounting yard, I was surprised how small he was,” Allen said of Trekking.
“He was tough and he had a super run but the runner-up (Gytrash) gave a really good kick. I thought when I got out that we were going to catch him but he (Gytrash) kept kicking.
“To my lad’s credit, he really fought and kept kicking to the line. What a great little horse. He was tough; we had a super run.”
It was a 10th career Group One success for Allen, who was thrilled to have got the opportunity to ride in His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s royal blue silks. The rider added: “I think I might have had one ride for them before around Kyneton in a maiden.
“It was good to get the ride today. They’re obviously very famous colours and James Cummings is part of a very famous family.
“It’s my first ride for him as well so it was a good start to our partnership, hopefully.”
Godolphin said Trekking might head back to Queensland for a crack at another Stradbroke Handicap win next month.
Meanwhile, Cummings enjoyed two more wins Saturday with Kateru claiming a 1,400m handicap event at Kembla Grange under Koby Jennings and Ranier taking the Listed Luskin Star Stakes over 1300m at Rosehill in the hands of Hugh Bowman.