Trainer James Cummings has allowed patience to rule with his progressive four-year-old Criaderas.
The son of Lonhro was a dual acceptor on Saturday’s Randwick card after the stable paid up for both the $500,000 Silver Eagle (1300m) and the Drinkwise Benchmark 88 Handicap (1400m).
At 4.49pm on Wednesday, Cummings declared his hand and scratched from the Silver Eagle where champion jockey James McDonald had been secured for the ride.
“He’s highly promising, but he hasn’t finished coming through the grades yet,” Cummings said
“It’s a case of being at a crossroads.
“Being thrown in at the deep end? Something we rarely do.”
Trackwork at Godolphin’s private training establishment at Agnes Banks. Photo: Toby Zerna.Source:News Corp Australia
Bookmakers rate Criaderas as one of the better chances of the meeting on Saturday, installing the gelding the $2.20 favourite for his upcoming assignment.
Criaderas will be ridden by Rachel King with his lightweight of 52.5kg.
Meanwhile, the scratching in the Silver Eagle leaves Group 1 winner Flit to fly the Godolphin flag.
The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is four weeks between runs.
After her encouraging first-up second to Eduardo on heavy ground in the Group 2 Missile Stakes, Flit lost her way racing below expectations.
A recent Hawkesbury trial performance when second was encouraging and she will also be ridden by King on Saturday.
“She’s freshened up nicely since putting in a game effort in the Sheraco which was a strong race,” Cummings said.
“The step up from the 1200m to the 1300m here will suit her against that she carries a weight penalty as a Group One winner but I expect her to be much more in touch with the field at this trip.”
Flit is at $11 behind the $1.85 favourite Alligator Blood and Dawn Passage at $5.50.
Originally published asGodolphin choose easy option for exciting Criaderas
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