James praises Viridine

The Sunday Times - - RACING -

VIRIDINE matched the best piece of track­work in James Cum­mings’s short time at Godol­phin with an un­ex­tended win in the Ro­man Con­sul Stakes yes­ter­day at Rand­wick.

“I watched him on Tues­day and in three months train­ing (at Godol­phin) I haven’t seen a horse work bet­ter than that,” Cum­mings said.

Mak­ing it four wins from as many starts in the Group 2 race, Viridine put him­self in the frame for the Group 1 Cool­more Stud Stakes with a twolength win over Sin­gle Bul­let and sta­ble­mate Beau Geste.

But the $2.20-favourite didn’t make it easy on him­self or for jockey Bren­ton Av­dulla as he over-raced, spend­ing un­nec­es­sary en­ergy.

“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,” Cum­mings said.

“I’d imag­ine any­one look­ing at that would agree he’s a pretty ex­cit­ing an­i­mal.

“Sheikh Mo­hammed’s got a very, very good prospect here.”

Cum­mings said Viridine had room for im­prove­ment head­ing to­wards the Cool­more Stud Stakes at Flem­ing­ton on Novem­ber 4.

Av­dulla said the colt had to learn how to re­lax in races.

“He didn’t give him­self much of a breather and I didn’t have much of a breather rid­ing him,” Av­dulla said.

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