Cummings to be King of the west
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.