Paulele was simply outstanding, In The Congo looked promising and Remarque lost no admirers in defeat: how exciting are the new-season three-year-olds!
One race isn’t enough of a sample to make a definitive statement but if the result of the Listed $150,000 The Rosebud (1100m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday is anything to go by, the three-year-old division will make for compelling racing this spring.
It was first blood to Godolphin as Paulele — shouldering topweight of 59kg and conceding between 2.5kg and 5kg to his rivals — produced a devastating finish in the straight.
But the Remarque camp will be sweating on a rematch after its colt struck trouble in the straight before finishing fast wide out for third.
The exciting Paulele ($8.50) could not have been more impressive as he won by a widening 2½ lengths.
Paulele takes out the Rosebud for @JamesCummings88 and another win for @mcacajamez 👌 pic.twitter.com/d014SjvMSS
In The Congo ($4.20) was also held up for an inside run in the straight and did very well to rail through for second with Remarque ($2.90 favourite) closing quickly once clear.
Godolphin trainer James Cummings is blessed with real depth in his three-year-olds ranks including the brilliant duo Anamoe and Ingratiating, but Paulele proved he isn’t out of place alongside his more high-profile stablemates.
“Paulele is one of the few horses we have that has that X-factor about him,’’ Cummings said. “He’s been nominated for the Golden Rose for a reason. He is one of a small but select batch we entered for that race.’’
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Anamoe is $4.50 favourite alongside Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside for the Group 1 $1m Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 25 while Paulele firmed from $26 to $17.
Godolphin has also entered Ingratiating ($15) and Brigantine ($51) for next month’s three-year-old classic.
Paulele gave champion jockey and Anamoe’s regular rider James McDonald plenty to ponder after he rode his fourth winner of the day.
“Anamoe who? He’s going to have to be on his A-game,” McDonald said of the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner.
“Paulele was super. He gave me an awesome feel in the trial the other day, albeit a quiet trial.
“I’ll tell you what, James (Cummings) was so confident before the race, he said he’d really come on. You could just tell he was very excited about producing him today, he’s a very good colt.’’
James McDonald was impressed by Paulele’s win. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Cummings will keep his star three-year-olds apart for now with Paulele going to the San Domenico Stakes next, Anaome to resume in the Run To The Rose and Ingratiating first-up in the Vain Stakes, the same race the trainer used to kickstart Bivouac’s successful Golden Rose campaign two years ago.
“The Rosebud can unveil a good horse,’’ Cummings said.
“Look, we have talked about various targets at Group 1 level for Paulele but for now we will go to the San Domenico Stakes.
“Our colt is building a beautiful record and he has a bit of upside as he came here off a relatively light preliminary.
“Remarque started favourite today but he just lost his advantage at the weights when he was held up so no doubt we will meet that horse and others of his calibre next start.’’
The Gap Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained In The Congo would have finished closer to the winner with a clear run.
Remarque was obviously unlucky.
Jockey Tommy Berry angled for a run and his horse was about to drive through a gap when it closed, forcing the colt to check off heels and angle wide before he balanced up and ran home powerfully.
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Harpo Marx wasn’t as popular today as he has been in recent starts, however, he was clearly the one punters wanted to be with in the Cliff Clare Handicap (2400m).
He was responsible for approximately 33 per cent of the total investment and was twice as popular as anything else in the race.
On the day he drifted slightly from $2-$2.40 but still landed good bets. Percuinary Interest ($15 on Wednesday) was $6-$5.50 and was the big mover throughout the week.
BETS: Harpo Marx $5000 @ $2.30, $2000 @ $2.30
James McDonald made it three straight wins when Dream Runner was far too strong in the TAB Highway (1800m). Although going from $2.40 out to a peak of $3.30 at the jump, the Keith Dryden-trained galloper was responsible for nearly a quarter of the total investment.
Zoo Station ($6-$7.50-$5.50) firmed up late while Birdonawinningpost ($9.50-$5.50-$7) was specked early in the day before getting a little soft.
BETS: Dream Runner $2000 @ $3.20, $3200 @ $3.10, $1200 @ $3.10
Matowatakpe upset the apple cart in the Billy Camer Handicap (1500 metres).
Bjorn Baker’s rep was $11-$8 on the day but only attracted small money compared to some of his rivals.
Loveplanet was the big mover earlier in the day. Opening $3.20 this morning, it bottomed out at $2.80 before a serious drift closer to jump time saw it start $3.80 – it’s best price all week!
Loveplanet held the most money in front of Re Edit ($6.50) and Great House ($6-$7).
BETS: Invinciano $1,000 @ $4.20, Re Edit $2000 @ $6.50, Loveplanet $1500 @ $3.20
Gemmahra landed some nice each-way bets when taking out the Midway Handicap (1800m). Opening $12 on Wednesday and $10 this morning, Gemmahra stalked the leader Margie Bee ($8.50-$9.50-$8) before claiming that runner on straightening. Ridden a treat by Glen Boss, the Gwenda Markwell-trained mare held off the finish of roughie Tochi ($51) to get the prize.
Bazooka ($5) flew home for third while the long range move for Savvy Crown ($17 on Wednesday) didn’t come off.
BETS: Gemmahra $1000 @ $9.50, Savvy Crown $5000 @ $5, Bazooka $2000 @ $5
Phoebetor was rock solid in the market for the running of the Heineken Missile Stakes (1200m). TAB traders weren’t taking any chances with the Michael Costa-trained gelding who hovered around the $5.50-$6 mark for most of the afternoon.
Kolding ($4.80-$3.10) was the big mover while Fasika peaked at $3.20 and briefly lost favouritism to Kolding before jumping $2.90.
BETS: Phobetor $1000 @ $5, Riodini $1000 @ $14, $1000 e/w @ $12/$4.20, Fasika $2500 @ $3, $2,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES
Paulele was a big drifter for the Fujitsu General Rosebud (1100m). The Godolphin runner went $5.50-$9 on the day despite being the third most popular runner in terms of money taken.
Remarque ($3.20-$2.80) went around with nearly three times as much as anything else in the race while the money for Sky Command, strong all week once opening at $7.50, dried up late. She went $4.40-$3.80 and back out to $5.50. Of the others, In The Congo ($5-$4.40) had plenty of admirers.
BETS: Paulele $2,000 e/w @ $9/$2.30, In The Congo $1,000 @ $4 MULTIPLE TIMES, Remarque $2,000 @ $2.90, $1,500 @ $2.90
Destination was a late firmer in the Little Wings Handicap (1100m). After being made Lizzie Jelfs’ “Pick of the Yard” on SKY Thoroughbred Central, Destination went $9-$7.50 and went on to lead throughout for jockey Kerrin McEvoy.
Stablemate Enfleurage ($4.80-$4.60) was the most popular runner in terms of money taken in front of Hulk ($5-$6).
BETS: Enfleurage $5000 @ 44.80, $5000 @ $4.60, Switched $1900 @ $11, Fastconi $1,000 @ $9
Kingsheir was a drifter but raced clear to score an impressive win in the ATC Thank You Jockeys Handicap (1300m). The Team Hawkes runner, handled by Brenton Avdulla, went $3.10-$4.80 after peaking at $5. Despite getting out, he was still the second most popular runner in the race.
Tycoonist ($3.90-$3.30) held the most and in fact was responsible for twice the amount of money than the winner. Academy ($5.50-$3.80) was a sharp firmer while Handspun ($7.50-$10-$8.50) had admirers.
BETS: Kingsheir $3000 @ $4.80, Academy $3900 @ $5.50, Tycoonist 3000 @ $3.30, Promotions $3000 @ $10, Oxford Tycoon $3200 @ $10
Originally published asPaulele emerges as Golden Rose contender in Rosebud
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