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Godolphin stayer set for Group 1 impact

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Written by Paul Vettise

It would seem only a matter of time before the rising staying star Avilius (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) makes his presence felt in elite company. He has made impressive progress since his arrival in Australia and holds nominations for all the major spring distance features.

The Godolphin 5-year-old possesses the one necessary quality required of the modern day stayer – speed. He displayed that in spades at Randwick on Saturday when he was untroubled to put away his rivals in the G3 Kingston Town S.

The home straight acceleration he displayed augured well for any Group 1 targets he is set for.

“He’s announced his arrival, he’s made a very good start to his career here.” - Glyn Schofield.

“He’s announced his arrival, he’s made a very good start to his career here,” regular rider Glyn Schofield said. “We got a fair way back in the run, but I was fortunate I got to the outside to use that speed he’s got.

“It was a very good all round performance. He just floats along and as the race gathers momentum he grabs the bridle.”

A dual winner and multiple Group 2 placegetter in France from Andre Fabre’s yard, Avilius is now unbeaten in three Australian appearances for James Cummings. Saturday’s success came off wins at Randwick and in the G3 Premier’s Cup at Rosehill.

Darren Beadman believes Avilius has a very bright future

“He’s been a breath of fresh air and Glyn rode a confident race,” Godolphin representative Darren Beadman said. “He got a tow into the race and he picked them up with authority.

“He’s been a breath of fresh air and Glyn rode a confident race.” - Darren Beadman.

“He can’t be penalised for the Metropolitan or the (Caulfield and Melbourne) Cups because of the set weights and penalties of this race.

“He’s out of a Sunday Silence mare and by Pivotal so at the moment the world is his oyster, he’s got a very bright future.”

Pedigree Notes

Avilius is a son of Alessandria (GB) and is a brother to the G2 Prix Guillame D’Ornano winner and Group 1 placegetter Saint Baudolino (GB) and a half-brother to the stakes winner Army Bulletin (IRE) Invincible Spirit {IRE}).

Their dam is a daughter of Tereshkova (USA) (Mr Prospector {USA}), who won the G3 Prix de Cabourg and was runner in the G1 Moyglare Stud S. The family also features the G1 Middle Park S., winner Lycius (USA) (Mr Prospector {USA}) and the G1 Turffontein Gommagomma Challenge S., winner Eddington (SAF) (Model Man {SAF}).