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The Championships 2020 are underway at Royal Randwick with the opening race on Day 1 – the Group 3 $200,000 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) – taken out in an absolute demolition job by the very promising looking Hawkes Racing-trained colt Doubtland.
Won last year by subsequent Golden Rose winner Bivouac (2019) for Godolphin, the 2020 Kindergarten Stakes results saw Not A Single Doubt colt Doubtland take his record up to two-from-two with runaway four length win in the set weights sprint.
On debut the young bay won over 1100m at Randwick’s Kensington track on a Soft (7) and he flew through the Heavy (8) in impressive fashion in the Kindergarten Stakes.
Jockey Brenton Avdulla continued associations with the now valuable future stud prospect giving Doubtland a patient and beautifully timed ride.
Never Never River led the Kindergarten Stakes field around, while Doubtland was settled back in the second half of the runners awaiting his turn.
Once on the straight Avdulla got out wide on the $5.50 pop in betting, pouncing on the outside to take up the lead inside the final furlong and put the race away very quickly by an impressive margin.
“Lovely nice win, we just get these colts right at the right time,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes told Sky Racing post-win.
“Brenton didn’t panic…when he got out wide he had a lapful of horse and it was all over for mine.
“This was just a lovely, lovey win he’s just going to be a force to be reckoned of as a three-year-old.”
Last year’s winning trainer James Cummings had to settle for a distant second with his Exceed And Excel colt Jerle, while the Kindergarten Stakes trifecta was rounded out by Tony Pike’s Group 2 placed Kiwi visitor Not An Option.
Cummings’ other runner was the well-backed favourite Damaged who dropped right out, while Peter & Paul Snowden’s Blue Diamond graduate Rulership was also disappointing running fourth even though he was blocked for a run on the turn for home.
There was no taking away from the class of Doubtland’s victory however, the two-year-old putting his head out, stretching and really running through the line well.
With the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no chance of Doubtland racing on this campaign.
Hawkes said that heading to the paddock after the Kindergarten was always the plan with the team focused on getting him right for a huge spring preparation.
“He’s a Group winner now, he’s worth a lot of money and he can go for a break now and come back as a lovely three-year-old,” Hawkes said.
“It’s a spring plan now with this bloke, always sort of has been.
“We’ve spaced his runs, kept him fresh, and as you saw today, he was just explosive.
“Going forward (he’s a horse) we’re going to have a lot of fun with.”
Futures spring carnival odds are now available online through Ladbrokes.com.au.
2020 Kindergarten Stakes Results
|1||5||DOUBTLAND||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brenton Avdulla||–||2||56.5kg||$5|
|2||3||JERLE||James Cummings||Ms Rachel King||4L||3||56.5kg||$26|
|3||2||NOT AN OPTION||Tony Pike||Opie Bosson||4.5L||7||56.5kg||$7|
|4||1||RULERSHIP||Peter & Paul Snowden||Nash Rawiller||5.3L||1||56.5kg||$3.30EF|
|5||12||HARMONIUM||Richard & Michael Freedman||Sam Clipperton||7.5L||5||54.5kg||$8|
|6||6||NEVER NEVER RIVER||Gerald Ryan||Robbie Dolan (a)||8.1L||4||56.5kg||$31|
|7||4||DAMAGED||James Cummings||James McDonald||11.9L||6||56.5kg||$3.30EF|
|–||11||FORBIDDEN LOVE||Richard & Michael Freedman||Tim Clark||–||0||–||–|
|–||9||ZEFTABROOK||Kris Lees||Kerrin McEvoy||–||0||–||–|
|–||8||SANCY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tommy Berry||–||0||–||–|
|–||7||LONG WEEKEND||Gary Portelli||Jason Collett||–||0||–||–|
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