Too good: Jockey James McDonald rides Medcaut to win at Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Bradley PhotosGodolphin farewelled assistant trainer Tom Ward in style with a winning treble at Randwick on Saturday, producing a Golden Slipper contender and a couple of others that returned to form.
Head trainer John O’Shea said after Medcaut and Fitou had scored narrow wins to go with the victory of impressive two-year-old Astern, his team had gone to Randwick with a touch of confidence.
“You sometimes come to the races thinking it could be a good day and this was one of [those] sort [of] days and things have gone our way,” O’Shea said.
“We thought we could have a good day and it being Tom’s last day with us we wanted him to go out a winner, so it has been good. He has been a major part of our team and he is going to be hard to replace.”
Ward will take up a role with Richard Hannon in the new year and has enjoyed his two years at Godolphin.
“It was a tough decision to go home because I have learned so much in Australia,” Ward said. “It is a bit sad to be going but it has been a good day to finish with a couple of nice horses.
“Astern is certainly a very good two-year-old and I will watching what he does from over there next year.”
Fitou earned herself a spell and will be prepared for the Dark Jewel at Scone in May after being clearly headed and fighting back to just nose favourite La Speciale.
“We have always had an opinion of her and the Dark Jewel is a good target for her,” O’Shea said.
James McDonald had to lift Fitou in the final 100m after being headed and believes the best is yet to come.
“She is not there yet as a stakes horse with another six months of development, she could measure up,” McDonald said.
The Godolphin team was happy to see Medcaut back in form after thinking at the start of his preparation that he could measure up to the Villiers Stakes.
“It was good to see him back winning and we will find another race for him now,” O’Shea said. “He is the sort of horse that will keep improving and I think there is going to more wins there for him.”
The three winners were all ridden by retained jockey McDonald, who summed up the Randwick track perfectly finding the ground about three from the fence. He added another with Felines.
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