Godolphin’s unfortunate run in Adelaide continues with Trekking to miss the Goodwood

Godolphin’s miserable run at the Adelaide Carnival continues with James Cummings confirming that Trekking will be withdrawn from Saturday’s Group One Goodwood.

Godolphin’s miserable run at the Adelaide Carnival continues with James Cummings confirming that Trekking will be withdrawn from Saturday’s Group One Goodwood.

The veteran sprinter, who won the feature in 2020, looked sharp by winning a jumpout in Morphettville on Tuesday morning, but the trainer has decided to take the pin out after inspecting him this weekend.

Cummings denied there was any major problem behind the move, but didn’t think he would be at his best for what will be a hard-fought race.

“I’m just not that happy with him,” Cummings said.

It’s been a rough month for the Blue Army in South Australia, with Trekking (Group Three Irwin Stakes) and Bacchanalia (Listed Redelva Stakes) as favourites, Mamounia finishing 12th in the Group One Australasian Oaks, Bacchanalia finishing in the pack with a dead heat for third in the Group Two Tobin Bronze Stakes and Heresy bleeding into the Group One Robert Sangster Stakes.

That streak of bad luck extended into Saturday’s South Australian Derby when Alegron, who jumped the $3.10 favourite, was held up more than 100m as they went up the straight, eventually finishing fourth on Jungle Magnate. .

“He just wasn’t very lucky in a vital phase and Damien (Oliver) regretted his accident,” Cummings said.

While Godolphin will not have a runner in the Goodwood, he will be attending the final day of the Adelaide Carnival with a pair of fillies flying the flag.

“I’m going to ride Mamounia in the (SA) Fillies’ Classic and I might take down a filly who recently won at Cranbourne (Portray) ahead of the David Coles (Stakes),” said Cummings.

Meanwhile, David Eustace confirmed that Bella Nipotina is likely the only representative of the stable in the Goodwood.

Eustace, who is training with Ciaron Maher, said Snapdancer and Away Game’s Robert Sangster Stakes quinella will be saved for Brisbane, but the fifth place finisher of that race will return to Morphettville.

“Bella Nipotina made it through well, she had a few days off and Monday she will be galloping,” he said.

“We didn’t feel like she had her chance recently and that she will run better.

“It’s just a little bit fast for Snapdancer and Away Game, they’re both good fresh horses, so they’re going to Queensland.”

Eustace was happy enough with Detonator Jack’s entry into the Derby, the progressive stayer finished third on his fourth start, but thinks it may have come a little too early for him.

“I thought he was walking well, he was a little flat,” he said.

“He didn’t travel as well as he can – he picked up well, but I think he’s a little bit better than that.

“He probably felt the preparation a little bit, he’s come a long way. It’s a big effort to do what he’s done.”

Originally published as Godolphin’s unfortunate run in Adelaide continues with Trekking to miss the Goodwood

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