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Three-pronged Godolphin bid for Sydney Cup

Three-prongedGodolphinbidforSydneyCup

April7,20175:15pm。

byAAP

BigDukehassignificantsupportfortheSydneyCupbutracingpowerhouseGodolphinisundeterredasPenglaiPavilionandPolarisationzeroinontheirAustraliandebuts。

JamesFerguson,assistanttoEnglishtrainerCharlieAppleby,saidthetwowereprimedtofollowtheexampleofstayersQewyandFrancisofAssisi,twosuccessstoriesduringMelbournesspringcarnival。

BigDukescompellingvictoryintheGroupTwo$300,000ChairmansHandicap(2600m)atRandwicklastSaturdaydidnotgounnoticedbytheEnglishman。

AfteraperformancelikeBigDuke,thatsprovenqualityrightthere,butwerenotscaredofhimbyanymeans,Fergusonsaid。

TheDarrenWeir-trainedBigDukemaintainsfavouritismat$2。

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WhilePenglaiPavilionhasmaintainedalowprofileattheCanterburyquarantinefacility,PolarisationdidattractsomescrutinyafterhewasscratchedfromtheChairmansHandicapwhenhesufferedasuperficialleginjuryonraceeve。

FergusonsaidtheChairmansHandicapwasanafterthoughtforPolarisationwiththestablematesinSydneyprimarilytocontestSaturdaysGroupOneSydneyCupatRandwick。

FergusonsaidPolarisationhadbeenenteredintheChairmansbecauseofconcernshemightnotmaketheCupfieldnotbecauseheneededtorun。

Ithasntpeggedhimbackatall。

Ithinkhewouldhavebackedup,butImnotbotheredatallaboutrunninghimfresh,Fergusonsaid。

ClosertohomeGodolphinsSydney-basedtrainerJohnOSheaisapplyingthethefinishingtouchestofour-year-oldTally,alast-startwinneroftheGroupThree$300,000MorningtonCuponMarch25。

Itshisfirstrunattwomilesbutwereoptimisticthathecanrunthetrip,OSheasaid。