Roman warrior Viridine stays unbeaten
WHERE does Viridine rank among Sydney’s classy crop of three-year-olds this spring?
On the evidence of his win in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick yesterday, Viridine is right up with the elite sprinters of his generation.
Godolphin’s trainer James Cummings has an outstanding prospect in Viridine, who maintained the perfect start to his race career with his fourth win.
“Viridine is a very talented colt and he needed to be to win today,’’ Cummings said.
“They’ve only gone out in 36.25s, they crawled the first 600m, and I don’t think I’ve seen a horse pull that hard at Randwick and still put them away with so much ease over the concluding stages.
“Sheikh Mohammed has a very, very good stallion prospect in Viridine, who is now unbeaten in four starts.
“The Coolmore (Stud Stakes, Flemington) is a month away and I’d imagine anyone looking at that would agree he’s a pretty exciting animal.”
Viridine ($2.20) was overracing for Brenton Avdulla behind the slow early tempo but when a gap appeared near the rails in the straight, he accelerated through and put away his rivals, scoring by two lengths from Single Bullet ($5) with another Godolphin colt, Beau Geste ($5.50) third.
Cummings hinted the colt could go straight to the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 4 without another run.
SUPERB SPRINTER: The undefeated Viridine.