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Aramayo has G1 aspirations after Newcastle win

Mike Hedge

A G1 target has emerged for Aramayo thanks to the colt’s dominant victory over stable companion Cloak in Friday’s G3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle, NSW.

Godolphin representative Darren Beadman said next month’s G1 Spring Champion Stakes was now a possibility for Aramayo, with the Listed Dulcify Quality at Randwick on 29 September a likely stepping stone.

Having only his fourth start, the son of Poet’s Voice was taken back from his wide gate and had only three behind him when he began his run with 600m of the 1,600m trip remaining.

He got the better of the front-running Cloak at he 250m and came away to score his second win his only four starts by a length.

“They were two lovely runs and they’ve both got a nice spring ahead of them,” Beadman said.

“Whether it’s the Champion Stakes or the Dulcify Stakes, Aramayo’s certainly got 2000m written all over him.”

Aramayo is also Godolphin’s second winner in succession in the Spring Stakes with last year’s edition having been won by Astoria who went on to run fifth in the Champion Stakes and third in the G1 Victoria Derby.

On the same Newcastle card, Godolphin’s Savatiano finished second in the G3 Tibbie Stakes and the former English-trained Best Of Days was third in the G3 Cameron Handicap.