Silver Eagle: Flit draws first blood as Alligator goes under in return
Flit has added her name to the formidable team Godolphin trainer James Cummings is assembling for the $7.5 million Golden Eagle after a determined win at Royal Randwick.
Cummings said Flit and Criaderas, an earlier winner, and last season’s ATC Australian Oaks winner Colette are all in consideration for the Golden Eagle at Rosehill in three weeks.
But whether Flit lines up in the big race is yet to be determined despite her impressive win in Saturday’s $500,000 Silver Eagle (1300m) at Royal Randwick.
“Flit has marched herself into contention for a couple of big targets in coming weeks and it is up to the boys to decide which way we head with her,’’ Cummings said.
“It’s not completely straightforward. We also have the Group 1 (Empire Rose Stakes) at Flemington on the same day as the Golden Eagle (October 31).
“In the next couple of weeks, we will have a much better idea which way we head with her but it’s great to great to see her back on track, particularly the way she attacked the line there.
“I think she will run well in anything we run her in.’’
Flit ($10), brilliantly ridden by Rachel King, ran down boom Queenslander Alligator Blood ($2.50 favourite) to win by a long-neck with just over a length to Dawn Passage ($4.20) in third.
The first three placegetters are guaranteed a start in the Golden Eagle (1500m) this month.
Alligator Blood remains Golden Eagle favourite but eased from $4.20 to $4.50 while Flit firmed from $26 to $9.
Rachel King and Flit (centre) get the better of Alligator Blood (left) in the Silver Eagle.Source:Getty Images
King rode both winners for Godolphin and said it was a “real honour” to put on the famous royal blue colours.
“My family is over the moon, it’s an owner they can relate with and understand the power that the Godolphin team has so, to be able to ride for them, it’s incredible,’’ King said.
The talented Sydney jockey conceded she was worried early in the race when Flit “actually pinged the gates”.
“But she came back really nicely and was able to follow Alligator Blood the whole way,’’ she said.
“He gave me a beautiful tow into the race and she was just able to explode today. When she’s in that form, she’s got an incredible turn of foot.’’
Cummings said that Flit “has been flying this preparation without winning”.
“She ran a great placing first-up at weight-for-age but she probably took a bit longer to get over that run than we would have liked,’’ he said.
Rachel King and Flit return to scale after their stunning performance.Source:Getty Images
“But we just couldn’t see her running a bad race today and yet she was up against some pretty good opposition.’’
Cummings then expanded on his Golden Eagle thoughts, giving the impression only Colette was certain to run at Rosehill.
“We have our feet on the ground with Criaderas, too,’’ the trainer said.
“Criaderas hasn’t done what Flit has done. He could be one of those classic older, gelded Godolphin gallopers that races his way through the grades and becomes a very good handicapper for us.
“Whether we want to throw him in the deep end so soon when we have a mare like Flit that could be there is something we have to consider.
James Cummings looks on after winning the Silver Eagle.Source:Getty Images
“But we also have to decide whether we ignore the Group 1 on offer for Flit that she would be competitive on Derby day.
“It’s a good problem to have.’’
Alligator Blood’s trainer David Vandyke felt his stable star had “run OK”.
“I’m confident that he will be competitive in the grand final in three weeks,’’ Vandyke said.
“Flit had the sitting shot at him and she will be very hard to beat in the Golden Eagle.
“He was pretty spot on today so I think just the fact he will be third-up, it is only three weeks between runs and out to 1500m will make some difference.
“Whether we can turn the tables on Flit remains to be seen, it was a very good win and she ran straight past us but we did beat the others fairly convincingly and he is on track.’’
TAB BIG BETS
Amy’s Shadow landed some handy investments by taking out the TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap (1600m).
The Brett Thompson-trained runner was the third most popular runner in the race and jumped a $5 chance after being pretty solid at that price for most of the day.
Only Scarleo ($4.80-$5.50) and Tempel One ($4) held more with the latter going around with three times as much money as the winner.
BETS: Tempel One $1,888 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $4.20 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $4 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Obelos $1,000 @ $6.50
Those that took the shorts about Wild Ruler didn’t have any cause for concern in the Polytrack Roman Consul Stakes (1200m).
TAB customers came from far and wide to back the Team Snowden runner who was even money in the morning with Doubtland $2.25. Sheer weight of money and the multi roll saw Wild Ruler crunched into $1.60 which means Doubtland went out to $3.10.
Going around with more than double the amount of money than Doubtland, Wild Ruler put away the leader Osamu ($14) early in the straight before holding off On The Lead ($12) and Doubtland.
BETS: Wild Ruler $5,140 @ $1.95, $3,334 @ $1.90, $4,100 @ $1.70, $5,000 @ $1.60, $4,500 @ $1.60, $3,000 @ $1.60, $2,000 @ $1.55
BETS: Doubtland $10,000 @ $3.10, $5,000 @ $3, $3,000 @ $3
Another one that punters were willing to jump on despite the hot price was Criaderas in the Drinkwise Handicap (1400m).
The Godolphin runner jumped at $1.85 after bottoming out at $1.80 approximately 15 minutes out from the start of the race. Astute punters who didn’t want to wait secured $2.15 in the morning and $2.30 earlier in the week.
A son of Lohnro, Criaderas came from last under Rachel King to land countless big bets and multis with the pair going around with 61 per cent of the money.
Zakat ($10-$14) and Bottega ($5-$6-$5.50) filled the minors. Bound To Win ($5-$6.50) had admirers but was soft late.
BETS: Criaderas $2,500 @ $2.15, $4,500 @ $2.10, $3,000 @ $2, $1,200 @ $2, $2,300 @ $1.90, $2,000 @ $1.85 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,800 @ $1.85, $1,750 @ $1.85, $2,500 @ $1.80, $1,000 @ $1.80 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Bound To Win $1,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Bottega $1,000 @ $6
BETS: Akari $1,000 e/w @ $18/$3.40
Those that buttered up again on She’s Ideel were rewarded after she rattled home for a last-stride win in the Tresemme Handicap (2000m).
In one of the most open betting races of the day, She’s Ideel ($5-$5.50-$5) was the subject of good support throughout the afternoon and went around as the second most popular runner in the race behind Quintessa.
Quintessa was $8.50 earlier in the week and today, went $5 into as low as $3.90 before jumping a $4.20 favourite.
Archanna ($4.20-$4.80) held plenty of good best as did Vegas Jewel ($7.50).
BETS: She’s Ideel $2,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5 TWICE
BETS: Vegas Jewel $1,000 @ $7
BETS: Quintessa $2,500 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $4.20, $2,000 e/w @ $3.90/$1.70, $2,000 @ $3.90
BETS: Badoosh $2,000 @ $9
BETS: Archanna $2,700 @ $4.80, $1,000 @ $4.80 MULTIPLE TIMES
The most confidence in this race was around Peltzer.
Trained by Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou, Peltzer ($2.60) went around as the most popular runner but there was also strong backing for Prime Star ($3.70) which was as much as $8 on Wednesday.
Jet Propulsion ($3.60-$4.20) also attracted a number of good bets in the Heineken Stan Fox Stakes (1500 metres).
BETS: Peltzer $2,000 @ $2.90, $1,000 @ $2.80, $4,470 @ $2.60
BETS: Jet Propulsion $3,000 @ $4.20
BETS: Acrophobic $3,000 @ $9.50
BETS: Prime Star $2,000 @ $4, $1,500 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4, $3,500 @ $3.80
The betting told the story for the running of the Silver Eagle (1300 metres) with Alligator Blood a noted drifter throughout the day.
David Vandyke’s stable star was an alarming drifter having been $1.75 in the morning before getting out to his best price all week of $2.50 at the jump.
The son of All Too Hard was clearly the most popular with TAB customers though despite the drift and he accounted for half the money on the race.
Flit ($10-$9-$10) was pretty solid for most of the day while Subpoenaed ($4.40-$3.50-$3.60) was the strongest push to beat the favourite. Dawn Passage ($4.80-$4.20) was a quiet firm throughout the day and attracted strong money late.
BETS: Flit $3,000 @ $9
BETS: Subpoenaed $5,000 @ $3.70, $10,000 @ $3.60
BETS: Alligator Blood $2,820 @ $2.50, $2,000 @ $2.50, $6,400 @ $2.40, $5,000 @ $2.40, $2,750 @ $2.40, $2,000 @ $2.40 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $2.40 MULTIPLE TIMES, $5,000 @ $2.30 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Dawn Passage $4,000 @ $4.40, $2,500 @ $4.20, $1,500 @ $4.20
The big move for Montefilia earlier in the day for the Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).
David Payne’s stable star was backed from $3.40 in the morning into $2.70 with most of the damage done early in the day.
Going around as easily the most popular runner in the race, Montefilia held 33 per cent of the total investment.
There was a decent push for Cherry Tortoni ($6-$4.60) all day while Love Tap ($3.40-$4.80) just continued to blow all week after being equal favourite on Wednesday.
Of the others, Socrates ($34-$41-$16) was specked at a price while Lion’s Roar ($18) was pretty solid throughout the day.
BETS: Montefilia $1,199 @ $3.50, $3,500 @ $3.20, $2,500 @ $3.20, $1,000 @ $3.20 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $2.70, $7,671 @ $2.60, $6,000 @ $2.60, $2,000 @ $2.60 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Love Tap $5,000 @ $4.80, $3,000 @ $4.80, $2,500 @ $4.80
BETS: Cherry Tortoni $1,250 e/w @ $4.80/$1.85, $10,000 @ $4.60, $2,000 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.60 MULTIPLE TIMES
In a very open betting affair it was Emeralds that finished best to take out the Bentley Angst Stakes (1600m).
The John Sargent-trained galloper was pretty solid for most of the day at the $8 quote and attracted some decent money, however, she was overshadowed by a number of others in the market.
The story of the race was Scarlet Dream ($11-$5) being sensationally backed into favouritism while there were strong pushes for Nudge ($14-$9.50-$8.50) and All Saints Eve ($5-$7.50) which drifted but still attracted some support.
Greysful Glamour ($13-$10-$11) had admirers at the price.
BETS: Emeralds $1,000 @ $7
BETS: Greysful Glamour $2,500 @ $10
BETS: All Saints Eve $2,500 @ $7.50, $2,500 @ $6.50
BETS: Scarlet Dream $2,000 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Positive Peace $7,000 @ $8, $3,000 @ $7.50
Despite a big drift it was Blazing Miss that was too speedy in the Antler Luggage Sprint (1000m).
The Mark Newnham-trained galloper was $10 for most of the day but blew out to $16 at the jump ($17 best) as the support came for those at the top of the market.
Mr Mosaic ($6.50-$4) was crunched late and attracted a huge bet of $13,000 in the final minutes of betting while Plaquette ($6-$4.60) narrowly missed out on landing a handy move for Godolphin fans.
Human Nature, which had been $4.20 favourite in the morning, got out just a touch to be $5 at start time.
BETS: Mr Mosaic $1,000 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.20, $13,000 @ $4, $2,000 @ $4
BETS: Plaquette $1,250 e/w @ $5.50/$2.10, $2,000 @ $4.60
BETS: Superium $1,000 @ $7 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Human Nature $2,000 @ $5 TWICE
BETS: Kookabaa $1,000 @ $19
Originally published asFlit draws first blood as Alligator goes under in return
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