By Brad Gray
At Rosehill Gardens
First And Last For Godolphin
Blueblood filly Exhilarates didn't fire a shot on debut at Rosehill Gardens but stablemate Kiamichi gave Godolphin their first two-year-old winner of the season.
"She travelled sweetly, went straight as a gun barrel. It was very professional," said Darren Beadman of the winner.
Winning rider Jay Ford added, "She put herself right on tip of the speed, came back off the leader which was going a bit keen and did so nicely. She rallied when challenged, was a little bit green, but showed her resilience on the line."
"For a horse that came straight to the races off one trial, her future is pretty bright."
As for Snitzel filly Exhilarates, by Samaready, who Godolphin forked out $600,000 for, Rachel King offered up a genuine excuse for her failure.
"She was very green and tried to do it all on one breath. Right on the line she took a big gasp of air where she let it all out so she couldn't quicken racing like that. She'll be a lot better next time," said King.
On the topic of Godolphin two-year-olds, Tassort will trial again at Canterbury on Tuesday after impressing in his first outing at Rosehill. He's out of Essaouira, making him a half to Astern and Alizee.
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What Now For Royal Celebration?
"It was a very gutsy, determined win by a horse with that weight and had to chase a long way out. I am very, very proud of him."
That was the verdict from a beaming Ron Quinton after Royal Celebration wore down Coterie with 59kg to make it back-to-back wins.
Quinton said the three-year-old will have a break now and be back for the autumn with a first up title in the Inglis Sprint (1100m) worth $1m in February at Warwick Farm already pencilled in. Quinton also believes Royal Celebration, who ran second to The Autumn Sun eaerly in his career, will get a mile in time.
"When you are talking about The Autumn Sun, who I think he is going to be the next best horse in the country, I wouldn't be putting him in that grade but it's hard to know (where he sits)," said Quinton.
Andrew Adkins added, "I was worried coming to the turn, he didn't dash as good as he did last time, he was a lot more one paced. It was still a very dominant win with a lot of weight."
Not As Sexy To The Eye This Time
Why didn't Sexy Eyes win by four lengths like she did last start?
The five-year-old, who wears the Winx 'M' silks for Magic Bloodstock, was backed into $1.30 like we're accustomed to seeing with her champion stablemate. She scrambled home but the race turned into a dash home after the leaders slowed in the middle stages. Last start her race was run at a genuine clip which saw her travel into the race oh so sweetly.
Punters Intel reveals Aurora Rose managed to pinch a 12.34s and a 12.79s between the 1000-600m turning the race into a 600m sprint. Sexy Eyes still clocked 33.34s her last 600m with the second placed stablemate Velocita clocking 33.47s. Their final 200m splits were identical at 11.43s.
"It was a solid win, I had to get going early because I was getting taken out of the race. She floated inside the furlong and when that second horse came up it got her going again," offered winning hoop Tye Angland.
Sky's The Limit For Reith's Boy
Christian Reith warned punters not to mark down Sky Boy due to the narrow margin of his third straight win.
"He did it with eases today, it was more him waiting for them than him stopping so once we can get that real spark and drive in him, he's got a lot of upside," said Reith.
"I began too well to not take advantage, Red Knot didn't begin as well as I thought he would and I wasn't going to wait to see what he did so I just took the bull by the horns, took him to the front, got him in a rhythm and kept letting him wind up.
"He responds well to you but he is better with horses around him, it makes him focus more, when he is out by himself he bludges but that's just immaturity and he'll iron those creases out."
Co-trainer Anothony Cummings said the four-year-old, who lumped 60kg, will next tackle another benchmark race over 1800m before a possible start in the G2 Villiers Stakes (1600m).