GODOLPHIN AUSTRALIA head trainer James Cummings labelled Tassort ‘the benchmark among our 2yos’ as he prepares him for the 2019 renewal of the Group 1 Golden Slipper. The Brazen Beau colt is the early favourite for the world’s richest juvenile race at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse in March. And it can only be regarded as a positive for the stable which boasts of a massive 2yo roster. Cummings is pleased with the start his team have made to the season and was particularly impressed by Tassort’s five length success on his debut in a 1100m conditions event at Rosehill in late November.
“It’s certainly encouraging to get off to a good start, but we all know there are no guarantees,” Cummings said. “Tassort was certainly impressive and at this stage he is the benchmark among our 2yos.” It is a long way from that ungraded win against only three opponents, to the Golden Slipper, but Tassort’s breathtaking win could not be denied. Tassort is out of Essaouria, making him a half-brother to the Group One winners Astern and Alizee. Also is exciting is the filly Athiri, a halfsister to Godolphin’s Stakes winning filly Savatiano, who was almost as impressive as her stablemate when she won at Rosehill on 1 December. The other early winners Kiamichi and Tenley have similarly impressed with city victories. “He has been such a relaxed customer up until the point when some pressure started being put on a month ago,” Cummings addedof Tassort. “
It is no doubt this race had a lot of hype and he did well to pull away. “He’s an exciting one to be put away now and prepared for next year. “We’ve had a few other nice winners among the youngsters, but we’ll wait and see what happens after Christmas and the New Year.”