Godol­phin pair set to fire in Gloam­ing

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

GODOL­PHIN looks to have a stran­gle­hold on to­mor­row’ s Group 3 $2 0 0,0 0 0 Gloam­ing Stakes (18 0 0m) with boom colts As­to­ria and Sanc­tioned.

The James Cum­mingstrained pair were the two pun­ters wanted to back when mar­kets opened on Wed­nes­day morn­ing with As­to­ria ($2.70) and Sanc­tioned ($3.90) heav­ily sup­ported.

Medaglia d’Oro colt As­to­ria was ul­tra­im­pres­sive in win­ning the Spring Stakes (1600m) at New­cas­tle on Septem­ber 15 af­ter com­ing from last on the turn to mow down likes of Merovee and Prim­i­tivo.

Cum­mings ex­pects fur­ther im­prove­ment ashes et shim on a course to the Group 1 Spring Cham­pion Stakes (2000 m) at the end of Syd­ney’s spring car­ni­val.

“He pro­duced a rea l ly good, strong, surg­ing win at New­cas­tle ,” Cum­mings said.

“He’s come through the run re­ally well and he needs rac­ing to keep bring­ing him on.

“When I looked him over on Tues­day morn­ing, I was de­lighted with the way he ap­peared and I think he’s ready to pro­duce again this week­end.

“He should be putting him­self right into the race and he’s ready to at­tack the line .”

His other run­ner, Sanc­tioned, hasn’t won yet this prepa­ra­tion but his two runs have been im­pres­sive be­hind t he in-form Golden Rose-bound pair of Dracarys and Gold Stan­dard.

He was strong to the line in the Group 3 Stan Fox Stakes be­hind Gold Stan­dard and went past Ad­dic­tive Na­ture easy enough in that race and has plenty of up­side.

Cum­mings wants to see him lift again.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of my­self as far as spring tar­gets go, but he’s nom­i­nated for the ma­jors,” he said. “He started this prepa­ra­tion as a mid­week win­ner and he’s now a Group 3 placeget­ter first-up a Group 2 placeget­ter last start, so he’s on an up­ward spi­ral.”

The pair will jump from favour abl en side gates in a race that could pro­duce few sur­prises.

John Thomp­son’s Thy King­dom Come was a slash­ing win­ner at Kem­bla Grange last start and will ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­tra 200 min dis­tance.

Im­pres­sive Godol­phin pair As­to­ria (pic­tured) and Sanc­tioned will be hard to beat in to­mor­row’s Gloam­ing Stakes.

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