Ro­man war­rior Viridine stays un­beaten

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - RAY THOMAS

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.

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