Tally adds to Godolphin’s Australian Stakes haul
Godolphin’s triumphant Australian spring ended with a Stakes success as well deserved as any other over the past three months, and one to warm every heart in the local stable.
The win was Tally’s eighth in a career that includes G1 placings in the ATC Derby at Randwick and the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington. He also won the G2 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley as a three-year-old in the autumn of 2016.
Now a six-year-old, Tally took his earnings past the A$1 million mark with his Eclipse win.
“These horses that have had a number of seasons with us, the team develops a great affinity with them,” said Godolphin racing and bloodstock manager, Jason Walsh.
“It's great to see him win another feature Stakes race.”
Tally also became the 17th individual winner of 19 Stakes races for Godolphin in a spring season that began on 1 September and which was highlighted by the victory of Cross Counter in the G1 Melbourne Cup.
The Cup was one of six G1 races won in Australia by the global team over the same period with the James Cummings stable collecting two (Hartnell and Best Of Days), Saeed bin Suroor two (Benbatl and Best Solution) and Charlie Appleby two (Cross Counter and Jungle Cat).
Tally enjoyed a perfect run under Craig Williams who produced his mount full of running at the 200m.
After going head-to-head with the minor placegetters in the run to the line, Tally put his head out when he needed to and scored by a short half-head over He Excels with Muraaqeb a close third.
Williams agreed with Cummings pre-race assessment that Tally would appreciate dropping back to the 1800m trip.
“It seemed to make the difference for him, along with this lovely big track, he really enjoyed himself,” Williams said.
Walsh said a trip to Perth was now under consideration for the six-year-old with the G1 Kingston Town Classic on 8 December a possibility.
"He's got nothing more to prove to us," Walsh said.
"He's a million-dollar Stakes earner, a fantastic horse and one we're very proud of."