Best Bet of the Month: June
SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2019
$2.10 Normal Odds
Jockey: Rachel King
Trainer: James Cummings
4-year-old Godolphin gelding with a terrific career record of 8 starts for 5 wins and 2 placings.
Godolphin has always had a big wrap on this horse ability wise, but he’s always been immature. Didn’t race until he was a 3-year-old but instead of throwing him into 3-year-old Group racing he was nursed through his grades, to help him mature without being tossed into the deep end.
Now as a rising 5-year-old the penny has finally dropped and he’s having his first go a stakes grade here in the listed June Stakes. It was obvious to see in his barrier trials that he was finally ready to fulfil his big potential.
Watch his brilliant trial effort coming into this campaign below.
He returned to racing May 25 in a 1100m open class handicap at Randwick where he was sent out a hot favourite.
Jockey Rachel King who rides him again here took him right back to the tail from an outside gate. Despite spotting them a big start on the turn as well having to duck and weave back to the inside to get clear running, one he finally saw daylight he sprouted wings and charged home to beat the very smart Heart Conquered. His last 600m was 9.3L faster than average (32.86 seconds – fastest last 600m of the whole day). It was a huge win. Check it out below.
This is the toughest test of his brief career to date but he’ll undoubtedly cope with the rise in class. James Cummings has earmarked him as a possible Group 1 / Group 2 winner come to Spring and this is merely another stepping stone on his way to that elite level of racing. Barring bad luck he’ll be too good for this lot and even more confidence building is the fact he’s drawn well and will be able to settle handier this time.