Godolphin trainer James Cummings is adamant Avilius is capable of producing a peak performance in Saturday’s Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill.
The popular seven-year-old galloper known for his striking looks has been a long time out of the winners’ list.
Avilius was a five-year-old when he won his last race 545 days ago, in the 2019 George Main Stakes.
Prior to the George Main Stakes win, avilius claimed the Group 1 weight-for-age double at Rosehill – the Ranvet Stakes and Tancred Stakes, both on heavy rated tracks.
“I don’t think the horse has been beaten on a heavy track,” Cummings said.
“It’s been a while since he’s put his best ratings down two years ago but they were on heavy tracks.
“I think this is as good an opportunity as he’s had for years on Saturday.
“I’m excited that the conditions give the horse a chance, the chance he needs.”
Avilius winning the 2019 Tancred Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:AAP
Avilius goes into Saturday’s $1 million weight-for-age contest off the back of a slashing first-up effort when charging home for a close third behind Verry Elleegant and Colette in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes.
Cummings described his effort as “big, in fact his run first-up was massive”.
Nash Rawiller will be aboard Avilius, a $5 chance in the feature event.
Cummings nominated “Avilius, Emanate, Andermatt, Tailieur and Cascadian” as the Godolphin horses he expects will appreciate the expected heavy conditions the most on Saturday.
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