Timeform Looks At Godolphin's Spring Team
Timeform looks at the promising group of soon to be three-year-olds James Cummings takes over as the new head trainer of Godolphin in Australia.
There's plenty in store for James Cummings and Godolphin next season PictuRacing and Sports
Bart Cummings famously trained 13 Melbourne Cup winners and now, coincidentally, his grandson James, in his new role as Head Trainer for Godolphin in Australia, has taken over the training of 13 soon to be three-year-olds rated 100 or higher byTimeform this season.
Godolphin have, by their own standards, had a down year with their juveniles, but Cummings still has plenty to work with (as shown in the list below) particularly when considering that there will be plenty yet to be seen to best effect, if seen at all to this point.
As a reference, Godolphin's top three-year-olds of the past two seasons, Exosphere and Astern , were rated 118+ and 113p respectively heading into their three-year-old season.
Veranillo - Timeform Rating 114
Kementari - 109+
Jorda - 109p
Alizee - 107p
Trekking - 106p
Coruscate - 105
Marsupial - 105
Astoria - 104
Toga Picta - 104
Malahat - 102
Demerara - 101p
Virdine - 101p
Almanzora - 100
Veranillo is the highest rated juvenile to step out in the Godolphin Blue this season, and he should continue to give a good account in three-year-old feature races next season, but with far fewer miles on the clock, it is Saturday's winner Kementari who looks poised to take over as the star of Cummings' squad heading into the new season.
To go with his 109 rating Kementari produced one of the best juvenile timefigures of the season to date, with his time on Saturday hinting at him being one destined to measure up to the top level next season.