By Ray Hickson
Whether Condemned, Godolphin’s latest youngster to hit the track, is a Golden Slipper type remains to be seen but he’s expected to make an impact on debut at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
With trainer James Cummings on holidays, assistant trainer Darren Beadman said the colt is an uncomplicated horse typical of the progeny of Dawn Approach who is also the sire of Godolphin's impressive filly Gongs.
Condemned, ridden by Corey Brown, is rated $4 with TAB for the Merry Christmas From The ATC Plate (1200m) but is triple figures in Slipper markets.
“He's a pretty straightforward type and the key to him is the home track advantage,’’ Beadman said.
“He's done extremely well since both his trials.
Condemned winning his Randwick trial on December 11
“He went to the next level in the second trial and he worked well the other morning with an older horse so that's always a positive sign.’’
Condemned finished right on the heels of Wyong Magic Millions runner-up Skyray in his first trial in November then had a bit in hand when winning narrowly over 742m on December 11.
There’ll be plenty of eyes on the second-up performance of Morton's Fork who hasn’t won since the Sandown Guineas in November 2016.
At his first run as a gelding, Morton’s Fork found the line well to run fourth behind Invinzabeel at Rosehill a month ago with Punters Intel data showing his last 600m of 33.44 was the fastest of the 1200m event.
Beadman said a “mid-prep trial’’ has topped him off for a return to form.
“It was encouraging to see him hit the line like that the other day,’’ he said.
“(Before he was gelded) he was thinking too much and wasn't putting 100 per cent in. Now he's a bit more focused.
“The way he hit the line he ticks a lot more boxes this time in.’’
Stablemate Moher has pleased Beadman since running seventh in the Festival Stakes three weeks ago.
“His work on Tuesday was outstanding, better than before he won at Flemington to so that’s encouraging,’’ he said.
“He's trained at Warwick Farm and that home track as advantage always comes into play.’’
Eusebio and Bratislava represent Godolphin in the Hyland Boxing Day Sale Sprint (1200m) and it’s clear that the stable is expecting Eusebio to fire.
The four-year-old hasn’t raced since April 1 where he missed a place for the first time in his six starts.
“He's had jarry knees and knee issues and he just needed a bit of time,’’ Beadman said.
“He has good ability, real good ability.
“That Canberra Guineas run really sorted him out on a firm track but he's had two very soft trials. Naturally he will take improvement.
“Bratislava makes his own luck. They were tossing up whether to put him through the sale ring but he is so genuine and has gone through his grades nicely.’’