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Godolphin Stars Set For Spring Glory

James Cummings and Godolphin are gearing towards spring assault in both Melbourne and Sydney as stars of their stable returned to the trial track.
James Cummings
James Cummings and Godolphin have ramped up preparations ahead of the spring
Powerhouse stable Godolphin look set to dominate the Australian horse racing scene once again this spring after five of their Group One winners returned to the trial track at Rosehill this morning. 

Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi ran a solid second in the heat, coming home nicely after getting a perfect trail into the trial. 

The filly out of Sidestep will look to take out the premier three-year-old sprint races this spring, in particular The Golden Rose (1400m) and the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m). 

Kiamichi is currently a $26 chance via Ladbrokes to take out The Golden Rose on September 28 at Rosehill.

Super-mare Alizee was back in action taking a sit behind trial winner Meryl and making easy work of it late. 

Trainer James Cummings has said she will be set for The Everest (1200m) and will not be targeted towards the Group One mile races. She will need to prove she is a dynamic sprinter and can match speed with the likes of Santa Ana Lane to claim a slot. 

Alizee is currently a $13 chance at BetEasy to win this year's Everest.

Kennedy Mile winner Bets Of Days made it out of the barriers this morning, unlike his last start in the Group One Futurity Stakes, to claim fifth spot. 

He has proven he is a dynamic miler, and will make his presence felt in the Group One Epsom Handicap (1600m) and he will most likely aim to go back-to-back in the Kennedy Mile (1600m) in the latter half of the spring. 

Old campaigner Hartnell will show his trademark fight this spring as he will be targeted towards the Group One mile races and possibly a Cox Plate (2040m). He sat three-wide for the entire trial, and held on to finish half a length off Best Of Days. 

The Epsom Handicap is Hartnell's likely target and he is currently a $21 chance via Ladbrokes to take out the Sydney Group One mile race on October 5.

The most talked about horse from the royal blue stable is Avilius. He was explosive winning the Carlyon Cup (1600m) and Peter Young Stakes (1800m) before going amiss in the Australian Cup (2000m). 

He was taken up to Sydney to campaign over their carnival, and showed his elite turn of foot, winning both the Group One Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and Tancred Stakes (2400m). It's likely that Avilius will settle in Melbourne this spring with a tilt at the Cox Plate in mind.

Avilius is at $6 to win this year's Cox Plate at online bookmaker Neds.

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