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Former Derby prospect Etymology finds his best in Stakes win

Mike Hedge

The dramatic turnaround in the form of one-time Derby placegetter Etymology continued at Flemington on Tuesday, 1 January, when he made the Listed Bagot Handicap a one-horse race.

Etymology celebrated his return to Stakes racing with a five-length win, having won his previous start by the same margin 10 days earlier.

One of the more promising three-year-olds in the Australian stable three years ago, Etymology ran in four Derbies, was placed in two of them and was also runner-up in the VRC St Leger.

He had also won at his second start in 2015, but didn’t win again until April 2018, and that was at a remote NSW country track.

His third win came at Flemington last month and the Bagot was the fourth of his 31-start career.

Godolphin’s Melbourne assistant trainer Kate Grimwade said the dramatic turnaround in Etymology’s form had much to do with the faith and patience of trainer James Cummings and his entire team.

“James has found the key to him and we’ve all been delighted with how he’s racing,” Grimwade said.

Winning rider Craig Williams said Etymology had raced a little keenly throughout, but had too much class for his rivals.

“He towed me into the race at the 400m. He races quite keenly, which added merit to the win,” Williams said.

Etymology will now be considered for more important races with the major staying events of the Sydney autumn among the possibilities.