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The Godolphin team are brimming with confidence ahead of Saturday week’s Kingston Town Classic 2017 in Perth after their representative It’s Somewhat trialled well in W.A. on Monday.
James Cummings’ assistant trainer Paul Reid spoke to The West Australian on Tuesday and was full of praise for Dynaformer seven-year-old It’s Somewhat leading into the Group 1 $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 9 at Ascot Racecourse.
Winner of the autumn’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in Sydney, It’s Somewhat was put through his paces in the Belmont Park hit-out over 1200m by Damian Lane.
It was all too easy for the Group 1 champion who held a notable winning margin over his rivals in the trial, suggesting all was on track for a big Kingston Town Classic run.
“We let James [Cummings] know he’d done so well and on Friday he asked if there was any chance of trialling him,” Reid said.
“He put on a little bit of weight travelling over and he settled in really well.
“Damian was very happy with him. He’s pulled up very well and that will just sharpen him up nicely.
“We expect him to be running very well in the Kingston Town.”
It’s Somewhat resumed off a 23 week break to finish third to Lucky Hussler in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day.
He was last seen racing at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival when third again, this time behind Tosen Stardom in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m).
Jockey Brenton Avdulla is booked for the Kingston Town Classic ride having his first start on the $3.33 million earner.
Tipped to be fitter second-up, the classy It’s Somewhat currently occupies the second line of all-in Kingston Town Classic betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The latest futures Kingston Town Classic odds on the weight-for-age Perth summer feature have the Darren Weir-trained Black Heart Bart as the $3.50 favourite.
It’s Somewhat is at $4.60 out to stop Weir preparing back-to-back winners after the success of Stratum Star in 2016.
Kingston Town Classic Day will be the first trip to W.A. for It’s Somewhat, while fellow seven-year-old Black Heart Bart is a Perth expat.
A five-time winner since joining Weir’s Victorian stables, the son of Blackfriars was narrowly denied a homecoming victory last Saturday when finishing runner-up to upset winner Great Shot in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).
The Chris Waller-trained Moriarty (3rd in 2014) was the last Kingston Town Classic winner to come off a Railway Stakes run.
Waller is back chasing another Kingston Town Classic win this summer with his Railway Stakes third placegetter Tom Melbourne ($7) along with Life Less Ordinary ($13) who will have Hong Kong jockey Douglas Whyte in the saddle.
The other single-figure hope in early betting is the Bob Peters-raced filly Perfect Jewel ($7) who has pulled up well after her Group 2 W.A. Guineas (1600m) win last weekend.
Check out the latest Kingston Town Classic 2017 betting markets ahead of the Group 1 now at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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