Kiamichi heads three-year-old roll out at Randwick
A solid test confronts the G1 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi when she takes on older rivals on her three-year-old debut in Saturday’s G3 Toy Show Quality at Randwick.
One of six members of Godolphin’s vintage crop of juveniles who won more than 40 races last season and who are on show at Randwick, Kiamichi shapes as the most interesting of the group.
While trainer James Cummings is cautious about her prospects, he is looking forward to seeing the filly voted ‘NSW Two-Year-Old Of The Year’, in action.
“Kiamichi is by no means at her best first-up and it would require no small feat to get up and beat the older mares so early in the spring,” he said.
“We don’t expect her to have her preferred soft ground, but I appreciate that this filly is capable of improving into her campaign.”
Kiamichi will be accompanied in the Toy Show by Soothing, a filly Cummings believes can also run well.
“I’m pleased with her build-up and she gives herself another chance at a G3 win,” he said.
The fillies Tenley, a three-time winner at two, and Flit resume in the G2 Darley Silver Shadow Stakes.
Cummings is looking to both to run forward races but acknowledges some strong opposition.
“I’d like to think Tenley can excel back on top of the ground, but she will be better off at the weights second-up in the Darley Furious Stakes in a couple of weeks,” he said.
“Flit has demonstrated an abundance of potential and raw talent and an unlimited amount of cut-throat professionalism.”
“She is burdened with the task of taking on horses like Libertini who is a machine, but we expect there will be plenty of upside as her second racing campaign unfolds.”
The fillies Athiri, who resumed two weeks ago, and Avon River are joined by the colt Deference in the G3 Up And Coming Stakes.
“Athiri can afford to lift on her first-up effort and I think the Up and Coming is the type of race that could suit her well,” Cummings said.
“Avon River found her confidence over this trip in a maiden last start and I like it that she’s sticking to 1,300m again.”
“This represents a step up for Deference, but it will give us a good idea of what level he is at.”
The weekend Stakes contingent is completed by new arrival Cascadian and first-up specialist Deprive who resume in the G3 Show County Quality.
“Cascadian will get some attention after his nice piece of work in a public hit-out at Warwick Farm last week, he’s down in the handicaps and has the opportunity to reveal a glimpse of himself,” Cummings said.
“Depriveenjoyed his let up and arrives here in a harder race in which it would be exciting to see him take the leap-up to Group class.”