GODOLPHIN AUSTRALIA head trainer James Cummings heaped praise on Melbourne Cup winning jockey Craig Williams for his terrific performance that ensured Soothing crossed the line first in the Listed Century Stakes at Flemington last Thursday. Lonhro’s 5yo daughter drew gate three in the 5f sprint and Williams took her to cross behind the field to the outside fence of the Flemington straight. She obliged all along to secure victory by two and three-quarters of a length from race favourite Ball Of Muscle, with Badajoz third, making it a 1-3 for Cummings, who was full of praise for both horse and her winning rider. “She didn’t get conditions to suit last time when fifth in the Listed Alinghi Stakes at Caulfield,” Cummings said.
“She was wide without cover and was into the race too quickly, but Craig delivered there by riding to instructions and it’s good to see another Stakes win go on the board.” It was Soothing’s seventh win in 18 career starts and Cummings added: “She’s been a mare that has been quite talented over the last few seasons. She has delivered two out of her last three. Hopefully she’s not done with yet.” At Kensington, Palurien won an extended 6f handicap under Jason Collett by two lengths from To Your Health with Loved One taking third, a further half length behind, while in another extended 6f handicap at Wyong, Suave triumphed under Jeff Penza sealing victory by a length and three-quarters from Go Fish Go with Romalette back in third by a head. In France, the Andre Fabre-schooled Syrtis secured a two and a half length victory in the Prix Gay Mecene, a conditions event over a mile on ground deemed heavy. Prince Hamlet placed second with Go To Hollywood third, a further three-quarters of a length in arrears.