By Brad Gray At Royal Randwick
It was a sea of royal blue at Tuesday morning’s Randwick barrier trials with the likes of Golden Rose favourite Kementari and untapped import Spectroscope leading the charge for Godolphin.
Kementari stepped out for the first time as a three-year-old and the camp were encouraged with what they saw from the Lonhro colt who found the line sweetly to run third behind Lightz in what was the fastest 740m trial of the morning.
“We’re very happy with that and I’m sure James (Cummings) will be happy with where he is at,” said assistant trainer Darren Beadman, who was kept busy all morning marshalling Godolphin’s 22 triallers.
“He has come back well and is certainly on target for some nice races over the spring.
“He has furnished. In the short time that he had off he put a little bit of weight which is pleasing. He has also come back a little bit more mature which he needed to do now he is going to be running in the better class races.”
We’re likely to see Kementari resume in the $175,000 Group Three Run To The Rose (1200m). One horse we’ll see much sooner at the races is Spectroscope with the now five-year-old set to launch his spring in the $125,000 Group Three Show County Quality (1200m) on August 19.
“In his first trial he was a lot sharper, whilst today he was a bit more laidback and casual. They were a bit sharp for him but he has come back very, very well,” Beadman said.
The son of Medaglia d’Oro hit the ground running in Australia having been imported from France and Beadman is optimistic that Spectroscope can take another step again with the Epsom Handicap his most immediate target.
“He was one that did acclimatize very quickly so it’s not as though he has jumped out of the box. He is certainly going in the right direction though.”
“We backed him up in the Doncaster after his win prior to it but it was a heavy track and we never really got a true guide of him off that.”
Meanwhile, Trekking will take his place in Saturday’s $150,000 The Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens and is rated by Godolphin as one of their leading lights heading into the spring.
“He has got an engine and is quite electrifying so if he can get into a nice rhythm he has got a good turn of foot,” Beadman said.
“Trekking had a track gallop last Wednesday at Warwick Farm between races and it just topped him off nicely. James could have elected to trial him today but decided to run him in the Rosebud and it looks a nice race for him.
“He looked ‘foaly’ as an autumn three-year-old but has furnished into a really nice colt.”