Kingston Town dash adds to Avilius’ chances in Cup
IS AVILIUS the horse that will deliver James Cummings his first Melbourne Cup win?
The grandson of the 13-time Melbourne Cup winner Bart Cummings has a more pressing date in the Metropolitan after exciting import Avilius remained unbeaten in Australia, sweeping past his rivals to take out the Group 3 ATC Kingston Town Stakes (200m) at Randwick yesterday.
Ridden with confidence by Glyn Schofield, Avilius was let loose down the middle of the track in the straight, showing a turn of foot that only the good stayers are able to.
The French-bred galloper was emphatic for a third straight time, this time beating the Chris Waller duo Brimham Rocks and I Am Serious with another of the stablemates Patrick Erin close up in fourth.
“Avilius announced his arrival to the country with a good start to his career here but I suppose today was another feather in his cap,’’ Schofield said. “He was a fair way back in the run but it was run pretty solidly and I was fortunate enough to get him to the outside and use that speed.’’
Godolphin’s Darren Beadman knows what it takes to win a Melbourne Cup, having ridden Kingston Rule and Saintly – both for the great Bart Cummings – and was full of praise for the potential 2018 candidate. ‘‘He’s a proper horse,’’ Beadman said.
“He has got real staying bloodlines and when you’ve got a turn of foot and acceleration like he does then it’s going to take you a long way.
‘‘The world is his oyster.’’
IMPORT GALLOPER: Avilius.