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Aramayo springs toward G1 targets

4 min read

By Bren O'Brien

The James Cummings trained Aramayo (Poet's Voice {GB}) looks destined for the G1 Spring Champion S. after a strong finish to win the G3 Spring S. at Newcastle on Friday.

The promising three-year-old has progressed from a maiden company in early August to now claiming a Group 3 win and his destination will likely be the Group 1 over 2000m at Randwick on October 6.

The Victoria Derby looms as a possible option as well, given his stablemate Astoria (Medaglia D'Oro {USA}) progressed from winning this race last year to then run third in the Derby.

Aramayo's half brother Tupac Amaru (Street Cry {Ire}) ran fifth in a Victoria Derby and then ran second in the Australian Derby in the autumn.

Jockey Tye Angland is convinced Aramayo has considerable staying potential on the strength of his win.

“We had a soft run early. The middle stages of the race we ended up a little wider than what we wanted to but he actually towed me into the race and he was able to show a nice turn of foot,” Angland said.

“They had Astoria win the race last year and he went on. I think he’ll probably follow his path from last year.”

“He’s quite an exciting little horse.”

Godolphin dominated the race, with Cloak (Medaglia D'Oro {USA}) finishing second having put on a strong display on the pace.

Stable representative Darren Breadman confirmed that both horses, who came through the G3 Ming Dynasty S at their previous start, would press on to better races later in the spring.

“Two lovely runs and now they’ve got a good spring carnival ahead of them,” Beadman said. “James said before the race that if he (Aramayo) happens to run well or win he’ll probably give him a little bit of time and probably go Spring Champion Stakes.”

Posh success in Tibbie

It was a tougher watch for Godolphin in the G3 Tibbie S. as their promising mare Savatiano (Street Cry {Ire}) was run down late in the race by Princess Posh (Canford Cliffs {Ire}).

Savatiano was coming off a black-type win at Wyong last start but endured a torrid run, being trapped deep before surging to the front under Kerrin McEvoy at the top of the straight.

Glyn Schofield on Princess Posh tracked Savatiano into the race and the Kris Lees trained mare added a stakes-win to her resume with a strong finish.

Carzoff to the Metrop

McEvoy got his revenge in the next race and a tilt at The G1 Metropolitan awaits Carzoff (Fr) (Zoffany {Ire}) as a result after he added the G3 Newcastle Gold Cup to his recent win in the Wyong Gold Cup.

The Chris Waller import was strong to line under McEvoy, narrowly beating Angland on Auvray (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}).

"He was quite impressive tody at the 2300m, which he hasn't done before," stable representative Liam Prior said. "I don't know what the boss is thinking but I suppose the Metropolitan is where he deserves to be heading,"

New high for Tipperary

The other feature on that day resulted in an upset when 6-year-old New Tipperary (High Chaparral {Ire}) proved far too strong for his rivals in the G3 Cameron H.

Breaking through for his first Group win in some style, New Tipperary relished getting to the race second-up from a spell.

"He should have one the Scone Cup second up last time, he was a tragedy beaten," trainer Joe Pride said. "It was a really good win over what looked to be a really strong field."

It was jockey Tim Clark's third straight success in the race having won on Got Unders (Southern Image {USA}) last year and Chetwood (Exceed and Excel) in 2016.