Some­what a knock­out chance in Chelms­ford

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

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.

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