Avilius shows dash to be a Cups contender

The grandson of the 13-time Melbourne Cup winner Bart Cummings has a more pressing date in The Metropolitan after exciting import Avilius remained unbeaten in Australia when he swept past his rivals in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick.
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Ridden with confidence by Glyn Schofield, Avilius was let loose down the middle of the track in the straight, showing the turn of foot only the good stayers have.
The French-bred galloper was emphatic for a third straight time, on this time beating the Chris Waller duo Brimham Rocks and I Am Serious with another of the stablemates Patrick Erin close up in fourth.
3?? on the trot for Avilius!
The @godolphin gelding lets rip a blistering run down the outside and wraps up the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes for @JamesCummings88 & @SchofieldGlyn. pic.twitter.com/jOL1DmteVa
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) September 15, 2018
'Avilius announced his arrival to the country with a good start to his career here but I suppose today was another feather in his cap,' Schofield said.
'He was a fair way back in the run but it was run pretty solidly and I was fortunate enough to get him to the outside and use that speed. It's very nice to see on a dry track a testing tempo that he still had that turn of speed at the end.
'I am sure James and the team at Godolphin will have a pow-wow and decide where is the best place to send him, hopefully I get to stay with him.'
Godolphin's Darren Beadman knows what it takes to win a Melbourne Cup having ridden Kingston Rule and Saintly — both for Bart Cummings — and was full of praise for this year's potential candidate.
'He's a proper horse,' Beadman said. 'He has got real staying bloodlines and when you've got a turn of foot and acceleration like he does then it's going to take you a long way. The world is his oyster.'
Trekking on right path for punters
IN-FORM gelding Trekking became the eighth TAB favourite in a row to win the last Saturday race in Sydney when holding on to win the E Group Security Handicap.
The son of Lonhro also capped off a huge day for James Cummings and his Godolphin team who won multiple races in Sydney and Melbourne.
'The Godolphin Royal Blue has given the TAB an absolute hiding,' Darren Beadman quipped to SKY's Greg Radley.
This is getting beyond a joke. Trekking becomes the 8th straight last race favourite to win in Sydney. 9 of the last 10 in fact. @cwallerracing has had 6 of the last 10, @JamesCummings88 @godolphin with 3 & @PrideRacing the only other trainer to get one.
— Glenn Munsie (@glennmunsieTAB) September 15, 2018
Trekking maintained his reputation as a model of consistency digging deep under the urging of Kerrin McEvoy to hold off Victorian visitor Right Or Wrong with Suncraze back in third.
'Trekking has been in good form this prep,' McEvoy said. 'He didn't have all the favours there. I parked out wide without any cover but they steadied a bit which allowed me to get into a bit of a rhythm.
'He was full of running for me once we topped the rise once we got past the 300m mark. I gave him a little tap around the bum and away he went and put the race to bed. There are options for him in black type races once we get deep into the carnival in Melbourne.'

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