SATURDAY WAS a successful one for Team Godolphin in Australia with Caulfield victories that promise imminent Group One success for the colts Hanseatic and Microphone. Hanseatic’s win, his third from only three starts, in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude, confirmed his place as Melbourne’s best 2yo and suggested he would be the horse to beat in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield next weekend. For Microphone, a grinding but convincing success in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes on the same programme presented trainer James Cummings and the Godolphin team with a selection of Group One targets that all seem within range.
Microphone ended last season as the highest rated 2yo colt in Australia, winning four races, among them the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes, but the son of Exceed And Excel raced only once last spring, having his first appearance this autumn in the Group 2 Australia Stakes over 1200m finishing sixth. At a more suitable trip of 1400m, his class prevailed on Saturday. “He put in a beautiful gallop during the week and he really gave us an indication he was bang on,” trainer James Cummings said. “He worked well enough during the week to run him in the Group One today, while that was very tempting, he’s done a very good job to win as a 3yo, after being Champion 2yo Colt last season. “It really is a pretty satisfying achievement for the whole stable and the team.”
Cummings outlined a multitude of options for Microphone, including the Australian or Randwick Guineas, both Group Ones. “There is also the Futurity Stakes; a Group One win against older horses would look fantastic on his resume, so there are options for him.” Hanseatic produced a spectacular performance in the 1100m Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude, coming from near last with 300m to run to snatch victory by a neck from Rulership. Sam Freedman, assistant trainer to his father Anthony, said the stable appeared to have a horse capable of emulating the Godolphin filly Lyre who they prepared to win the 2019 Blue Diamond. “He obviously had to be very good to win from where he was on the turn,” Freedman said.
“He just has a brilliant turn of foot, there isn’t a 2yo that can match it with him at the moment, so hopefully, he can produce it again in two weeks. “He’s a bit more brilliant than Lyre was because he has more instant acceleration.” Winning rider Luke Currie said he had adopted a cautious approach to the race. “He was shuffled back but I preferred to come back and just trust his turn of foot rather than be bailed up and be an unlucky runner,” Currie said.