Godolphin Attempting to Reprise last Year’s Spring Carnival Raids
Replicating last spring’s impressive results by the Goldolphin racing operation will be difficult, but not impossible, according to Chris Connett of Goldolphin.
They are back in Melbourne for the spring carnival after taking wins in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Bendigo, Geelong and Sandown Cups with their sights set on stuffing their pockets with some Aussie prizemoney.
Trainer Charlie Appleby will have Kidmenever in the Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. On Sunday, he will sent Folkswood out in the Cranbourne Cup.
In an interview published by The Herald Sun, Connett was forthcoming about the pressure of reprising last year’s results. “There’s always going to be a little bit of pressure after last year, considering how well we did, but we’ve got a nice team of horses down here,” Connett said on Wednesday.
How Kidmenever fares in the Group 2 Herbert Power (2400 m) might hold some bearing on Godolphin’s future tactics. “We’ve got to be very happy with him,’’ Connett said. “He travelled down well and, after today’s blowout, he’s in good form. Off his gallops he’s done here so far, we’d like to think he’d run a big race.His form from England, especially his Sandown race, his last race, has worked out pretty well and we’re going there with high hopes and we’ll see where we stand after that.”
It would appear that Godolphin is running Folkswood in the Cranbourne Cup, rather than the Caulfield Stakes because the latter looks to be a tough race this year.
The horses from last season that were the big heroes of spring last year, Francis of Assisi and Qewy (fourth in 2016 Melbourne Cup) will be rested for another week.
It is always a difficult proposition to expose horses to airline travel, as they seem to be once species who loathes even more than do we, even though they are not jammed between two crying infants for the entire flight.