Godolphin speedster Coruscate copies stablemate Trekking in Testa Rossa

Coruscate took a step down the path of classy stablemate Trekking when the Godolphin sprinter landed Saturday’s Listed Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Trekking scored his maiden black type win in the 2018 Testa Rossa Stakes but has progressed to become one of the country’s top sprinters a pair of Group 1 wins and a placing in The Everest last year.

The James Cummings-trained Coruscate placed at Listed level at Caulfield in April but made the most of a small field of five rivals to win his seventh race 21 starts from in Saturday’s $140,000 assignment.

Jockey Damien Oliver put Coruscate into the perfect stalking position behind the early leader Runson before going for home at the 250m.

Coruscate maintained his effort to score comfortably first-up while Runson held off the well-backed Order Of Command to claim second spot.

“I was pretty comfortable,” Oliver said.

“I probably hit the front a little sooner than I wanted to (with him) first-up over 1200 (metres).

That was an easy watch for anyone on Coruscate 👀 pic.twitter.com/cmtuKXDE5a

He was really well prepared and well placed as Godolphin usually do with their horses and he won comfortably.”

Oliver said he was expecting Order Of Command to make his challenge in the straight but the $2.90 favourite was anchored by his 62kg at his first start since The Goodwood in Adelaide in May.

“I was looking for him (Order Of Command) but I couldn’t see him,” Oliver said.

“He was threatening to come but to give a nice horse like this (Coruscate) is certainly not easy.”

Coruscate, ridden by Damien Oliver, wins the Testa Rossa Stakes at Caulfield.Source:Getty Images

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Order Of Command’s jockey Jamie Kah said the honest sprinter needed the run.

While Oliver was a winner on Coruscate, the champion jockey was narrowly beaten on the $2.70 favourite Buffalo River in the Here For The Horses Handicap (1400m).

Buffalo River raced on the pace but was unable to withstand Windstorm’s big finish under jockey William Pike.

Craig Williams and Pinyin after combining to win the Glynn Bramich Memorial Handicap.Source:Getty Images

PINYIN PUTS HER MIND ON JOB

Pinyin’s trainer Jim Conlan says the mare has simply changed her mind in her resurgence, which continued when she landed the opening race of the day at Caulfield.

Pinyin frustrated even her most loyal backers during her 11-start winless streak, which ended when she overpowered her opposition at Cranbourne on September 13.

The five-year-old stepped up to benchmark 90 company but got the money as a $6.50 chance in the Glynn Branich Memorial Handicap (1100m) at the Heath.

“She’s got a mind of her own. She’s now decided that she’s happy to be in contact with them a bit whereas early in her career she was giving them an enormous start and made it pretty difficult for herself,” Conlan said.

Conlan will now case stakes targets with Pinyin in the coming weeks.

The ultra consistent RICH HIPS makes it win no. 4 for @busuttin & @mickdee020 ❤@ArrowfieldStud @FirstLight_FLR pic.twitter.com/9SnQNK3Hrr

LATE CALL GOOD FOR THE HIP POCKET

An impulse decision to nominate Rich Hips for the MRC Handicap (1400m) paid off handsomely for Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young. Ridden positively by Michael Dee, the mare ($6.50) was too strong for Easy Beast ($14) and Power Scheme ($10).

“We were probably looking at another midweek (race) on Wednesday but then we threw a nom in (for this race) and when the field didn’t come up overly strong, and with the 55 (kilos) we thought she’d be competitive,” Busuttin said.

“Good result for First Light Racing, great supporters of the stable. Good team, good to get a Saturday win for the owners with this mare.”

Rich Hips will now be aimed at black type company.

COULD THIS BE ANOTHER CUP RUNNER FOR O’BRIEN?

Bookies slashed Saracen Knight’s Melbourne Cup price after his outstanding win in the Peter Comley Handicap (2000m).

Saracen Knight had only had one start in the previous two years for a midfield effort at The Valley but the six-year-old ran on hard off a fast pace to score narrowly under jockey Damian Lane.

Saracen Knight in full flight ✈️ pic.twitter.com/pQViRDHsms

The Danny O’Brien-trained Saracen Knight was a $201 chance for the Melbourne Cup but the son of Camelot firmed to $34 despite his win being at Benchmark 84 level.

“There’s a lot of options between now and the end of the spring,” O’Brien said. “We’ve got a lot of mile-and-a-half (2400m) races that he can look at so we’ll sit down with (owners) Lloyd and Nick (Williams) next week and work it out.”

Fellow import Le Baol started the $2.80 favourite but put in a poor display, beating one runner home. Le Boal finished 20 lengths from the winner.

STORM FINALLY BLOWS THEM OVER

WA jockey William Pike was thrilled to bounce back from a last start defeat on Windstorm in the Here For The Horses Handicap (1400m).

Windstorm finished second to Travimyfriend at Listed level at Flemington as a short-priced favourite at his last outing but returned to winning from at Caulfield.

What about the wizard and Windstorm from WA !🧙‍♂️@ArrowfieldStud pic.twitter.com/I1cgXbJKmx

Windstorm was the $2.80 second pick in betting behind the well-performed Buffalo River ($2.70). But Bod Peters-owned Windstorm made the most of a fitness advantage to run down the resuming Buffalo River.

“I was pretty confident (despite settling well off the pace),” Pike said. “I was travelling well. I was actually reasonably confident. I don’t know why, I just was.”

Co-trainer Grant Williams said Peters would pick out a suitable target for Windstorm’s next assignment. The Caulfield win was Windstorm’s first in three Melbourne runs this time in.

JUNIPAL DESPERATE FOR SHOT AT TOORAK

Co-trainer David Eustace made a rare appeal for a handicapping penalty after Junipal’s easy win in the Evergreen Turf Handicap (1700m).

Junipal strolled to a 3¾ length win to confirm Eustace and trainer partner Ciaron Maher’s plans to run the gelding in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on October 10.

But Eustace said connections were concerned Junipal’s low rating could mean the five-year-old was balloted out of the Toorak Handicap.

“I hope the handicapper is watching and we can get plenty of points to get into the Toorak,” Eustace said.

“He’s just flying. We do need plenty of points to move up. The Toorak has been the plan for a while so hopefully he gets in.”

Winning rider John Allen had no doubt Junipal could measure up to the Toorak Handicap, especially if the Caulfield track came up wet.

EXCUSES, EXCUSES

Le Baol – lame off hind leg

Rainbow Thief – lame near foreleg

Annavisto – lame near foreleg

Prague – colic post-race

Inverloch – lame off hind leg

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You‘re on the best horse and you are the best jockey – you guys will sort it out when you get out there.” — Danny O’Brien’s pre-race instructions to Damien Oliver on Russian Camelot for the Underwood Stakes.

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Originally published asCoruscate embarks on Trek of his own for Godolphin

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