Trekking was heavily backed from $8 to $4.60 and got the perfect steer from Kerrin McEvoy, who sat off the speed and came down the centre of the track to win by a neck from Brave Song ($16) with Redouble ($51) another half-neck away in third.
Although the margin was small, Trekking never looked in trouble. It left McEvoy impressed enough to suggest that on a dry track in Brisbane he might be up to a better races.
“He is an enjoyable horse to ride. James and the team have been patient with him, waiting for the dry ground,” McEvoy said.
“We got the right run. We were able to just tuck in behind them. He copped a bump at about the 500m but he was still able to show his authority in the race after that.
“Whether he’ll get to race on top of the ground in Brisbane remains to be seen, but he hasn’t had a hard autumn by any means, so there is every reason why there may be some more races for him up north.”
Godolphin’s Home Of The Brave, which started $2.60 favourite, was one of the first beaten after leading and finished midfield.
“He just needed the run like I thought. He’ll improve a lot off that,” James McDonald said.
Brave Song charge late and in what could be pointer to the Brisbane carnival, according to Tommy Berry.
“That’s the way he races,” Berry said. “He was full of running at the end, so his race isn’t too far away.”
Trekking’s win gave James Cummings and Godolphin a winning double at Randwick after Laburnum won the James Carr Stakes earlier in the afternoon.
“We have a good team coming together for the carnival up there,” Cummings said.
“We will worked out what horses are suited for the group 1s and I’m sure we will be well represented up there.”
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald