Godolphin hitting its juvenile straps
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