Godolphin heading west for TABtouch Masters
Story courtesy Steve Butler – The West Australian
The world’s biggest racing operation, Godolphin, have set their sights on Perth Racing’s TABtouch Masters, starting on November 25.
The global powerhouse will be spearheaded in WA for the first time by trainer James Cummings, who said three $1 million races on successive weekends was a massive lure.
“We’ve got a huge opinion of the carnival and we want to support it,” he said.
“But we’re conscious of trying to take the right horses and showing it the respect it deserves. It’s certainly not an afterthought for our horses.”
Cummings said Impending, who will run second-up in tomorrow’s $1 million Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington, was being aimed at the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on December 2.
“Depending on how he goes Saturday, we’ll decide whether or not we want to keep him going to the Winterbottom,” he said. “But because he’s a four-year-old bull, it attracts me the idea of keeping him going and not giving him the opportunity to let down.
“It would make my job easier to have him ready for the autumn. It’s a time-honoured race that takes a horse with speed and class to win it, and he’s got those things.”
He said It’s Somewhat would run third-up tomorrow in the $2 million Emirates Stakes (2000m) with a view to the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on December 9.
Cummings is also considering Beau Geste, fourth at Flemington last weekend, and Gaulois for the $500,000 WA Guineas (1600m) on November 25.
Meanwhile, Kennedy Oaks-winning trainer Gai Waterhouse is planning to return to Ascot with Supply And Demand in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m), also on November 25.
The gelding, co-trained by Adrian Bott, ran an impressive second behind Hellova Street over 1400m at Flemington yesterday.
“On that run we’re definitely going to Perth and we’re very, very happy with this horse,” Waterhouse said.
“I can’t fault him and he’s a horse on the improve.
“My husband, Robbie, said to me this morning ‘I don’t think there’s a horse in this stable with more improvement’.
“We haven’t been in Perth for a while and when this horse came back in, I said to Adrian ‘I want to go to Perth and he’d be a lovely horse to take’.”
Supply And Demand is $9 in TABtouch’s Railway market and $11 to claim the Kingston Town.
Trainer David Hayes will make his annual pilgrimage to Perth, but is still unsure about his travelling team.