CLAS­SIC FIN­ISH

Cum­mings to be King of the west

The Sportsman Weekend - - Front Page - MATT JONES

GODOLPHIN couldn’t be hap­pier with It’s Some­what head­ing into the fi­nal Group 1 of the year in Perth to­mor­row.

It’s Some­what will con­test the $1m Kingston Town Clas­sic (2000m) and the Don­caster win­ner from au­tumn is com­ing into the race with very good form in Group races dur­ing the Mel­bourne spring.

Trainer James Cum­mings knows he’s go­ing to be a force de­spite hav­ing the top­weight with Bren­ton Av­dulla on board.

“He achieved a good re­sult his third in the Emi­rates Stakes at Flem­ing­ton and the space be­tween runs com­ing into this suits him, as he’s proved in past,” Cum­mings said.

“He gets his op­por­tu­nity here com­ing back to nine fur­longs which is a dis­tance he won over at weight-for-age in the Hollindale Stakes last win­ter.

“The team Perth are re­ally happy with the way he’s set­tled in.”

The six-year-old geld­ing will jump from bar­rier 11 which is the main prob­lem.

History is against him as no run­ner has come from that gate to win the race, but in­ter­est­ingly bar­rier 10 is the most suc­cess­ful

to come out of in the race. It’s pro­duced seven win­ners of the Kingston Town Clas­sic.

Cum­mings has al­ways felt this was It’s Some­what’s best chance this prepa­ra­tion to se­cure more Group 1 glory.

“He’s re­ally been tar­geted at this race for the en­tire cam­paign and we feel that he’s build­ing up to his peak this prepa­ra­tion,” he said.

It will be a tough race for It’s Some­what to win with the likes of Black Heart Bart in top form again and Tom Mel­bourne will have plenty of sen­ti­men­tal sup­port after his spring which has been filled with sec­ond plac­ings in top-line races.

Cum­mings also Gaulois in the Listed Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Clas­sic (1400m) and the three-yearold Street Cry colt is com­ing off a good run in the WA Guineas when he got well back and ran on well to fin­ish fourth to Per­fect Jewel.

Cum­mings knows he has a rock­hard fit horse that will be very tough to hold out if gets the right breaks after a luck­less last run.

“He was very game in de­feat at his past two starts over 1600m after be­ing wide both times,” Cum­mings said.

“I feel that the drop back to 1400m means he’ll have plenty of strength through­out.

“This is a race that Gaulois can be very com­pet­i­tive in given the great form he’s shown his re­cent runs.”

Money Ma­her and Salu­bri­ous are the only two other run­ners with a rat­ing above 70.

Trainer James Cum­mings is con­fi­dent It’s Some­what can over­come a wide bar­rier in to­mor­row’s Kingston Town Clas­sic.

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