Godol­phin hit­ting its ju­ve­nile straps

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

GODOL­PHIN’S ju­ve­nile jug­ger­naut might have been a lit­tle slug­gish early in the sea­son but it is re­ally gain­ing mo­men­tum with Gaulois be­com­ing the sta­ble’s lat­est two-year-old win­ner at Rose­hill Gar­dens yes­ter­day.

Gaulois led through­out and held off the late charge of Hualalai to win the TAB Hand­i­cap (1350m).

This pro­vided Godol­phin with its 26th two-year-old race win of the sea­son. The only train­ing op­er­a­tion to have more in 2016-17 is Mel­bourne’s Hayes-Dabernig sta­ble with 38.

Godol­phin’s in­terim trainer Dar­ren Bead­man was at Ip­swich yes­ter­day but sta­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tive Paul Reid ac­knowl­edged the team’s twoyear-olds are mak­ing their mark.

“The sta­ble didn’t have a lot of pre­co­cious two-yearolds ear­lier in the sea­son,’’ Reid said.

“We felt the ma­jor­ity of them would be bet­ter as three­year-olds but at the back of the sea­son they are rac­ing well. We have been there­abouts in the two-year-olds races ev­ery meet­ing lately.

“It was good that Gaulois has bro­ken through af­ter four plac­ings. He’s a nice horse, he de­serves to win although he had a nice run and did ev­ery­thing right.’’

Gaulois was backed into $2.80 favouritism and, with Syd­ney’s pre­mier­ship-lead­ing jockey Bren­ton Av­dulla con­trol­ling the tempo, the colt was never se­ri­ously chal­lenged to score by a length from Hualalai ($3.80) with Con­dor ($21) 1¼ lengths away third.

Av­dulla said he was con­fi­dent a long way out.

“Gaulois was al­ways trav­el­ling well and showed a nice turn of foot when I asked him for an ef­fort,’’ he said.

“He doesn’t give you the feel of a topliner but he is very gen­uine and that will take him a long way.

“He has been con­sis­tent all sea­son and has some form around some good two-yearolds like Trekking and Envy Of All.’’

Hualalai set­tled back in the field but be­gan his run wide out from the 600m and, for a fleet­ing few strides in the straight, ap­peared likely to make a race of it with Gaulois but he was safely held.

“It was good to see when rid­den a touch qui­eter Hualalai has a re­ally good turn of foot,’’ jockey Tommy Berry said. “But I think the 1350m on the heavy track just saw him out late.’’

Gaulois and Hualalai gave his sire, Street Cry, the quinella. The stal­lion is best known as sire of the mighty mare Winx.

Gaulois im­pressed Bren­ton Av­dulla with his strong win at Rose­hill Gar­dens yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: Si­mon Bullard

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