Somewhat a knockout chance in Chelmsford
WHILE it’s been over a year since he was last in the winners’ stall, Godolphin-owned gelding It’s Somewhat is capable of springing a surprise in tomorrow’s Group 2 Chelmsford (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
Resuming after a break, trainer James Cummings has been buoyed by the gelding’s work at home.
“He didn’t set world on fire last prep, but I’d say he’s come back with more vigour this time,” Cummings said.
“He only had a brief campaign last time in and his trials have been solid.”
“We’ve very pleased with his preliminary work since break.”
The 2017 Doncaster Mile winner only had the three starts last campaign and while not showing his best form, was just behind the placegetters in Trapeze Artist’s All-Aged Stakes over 1400m and Duca Valentinois’ Lord Mayor’s Cup.
It’s Somewhat was given a very easy time in his first trial on August 10 before a nice third at Rosehill on August 20.
The now eight-year-old has won first-up on three previous occasions and his record over the Randwick mile is very good with third placings in the Villiers Stakes (Happy Clapper) and George Main Stakes (Winx) from three runs.
Cummings will also saddle up an interesting runner in the imported Mr Moonlight Magic.
A son of Cape Cross, Mr Moonlight Magic was a handy stakes performer in England and Ireland with record of four wins and four placings from 14 starts.
All bar his debut win in a two-year-old maiden have been in black-type races against the likes of Decorated Knight, Almanzor, Johannes Vermeer and Deauville.
While he was a winner over 1400m and 1810m at his first two race starts, his form suggests he will be better suited over 2000m and beyond.
“He’s likely to find this too short,” Cummings said.
obviously a horse with some ability, he comes here off a solid run at Group 1 level in the Irish Champion Stakes at his last start, but I expect him to need more time and more ground.”
Trainer James Cummings believes It’s Somewhat will run well tomorrow.