Trainer John O’Shea has early spring targets for It’s Somewhat, but the imported stayer was only given a very quiet trial at Royal Randwick this morning.
It’s Somewhat contested the third barrier trial of the morning over 1050 metres and he was settled behind the leading group by James McDonald, while Master Agar, Boss Lane and Latin Salsa all fought for the lead in early stages of the barrier trial.
The three leaders all fought out the finish, with Boss Lane scoring a narrow victory over Master Agar, but McDonald elected to keep It’s Somewhat under a heavy hold in the straight and he galloped to the line comfortably in fourth position.
It’s Somewhat was purchased by Godolphin after he finished tenth in the 2014 edition of the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes (2937m) while under the care of Mark Johnston and he made his Australian racing debut in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm on February 28 before he was far from disgraced in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 21.
O’Shea is confident that It’s Somewhat is ready for a big 2015 Spring Racing Carnival campaign and he believes that the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) that will be held at Royal Randwick on August 22 will be the perfect race for the son of Dynaformer.
Boss Lane was having his first barrier trial since he finished a credible fourth in the Toyota Material Handling Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick on May 23 and his barrier trial performance indicated that he may be close to the form that saw him win the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) in 2013 as a three-year-old.
Master Agar was making his first public appearance since he finished fifth behind Ruling Dynasty in the Brazilian Pulse Plate (2000m) at Kembla Grange on March 9 and he hit the line strongly to finish second behind his stablemate, while Latin Salsa knocked up a little bit late to finish third.
New Godolphin import Havana Cooler also contested the third barrier trial of the morning and, like his stablemate It’s Somewhat, he was given a fairly easy time in his third trial since arriving in Australia.
Havana Cooler started his racing career under the care of Luca Cumani and he was purchased by Godolphin after he lost his rider in the Old Borough Cup (2816m) at Haydock Park in September last year.