An uncharacteristically poor showing in last Saturday’s Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Randwick saw the curtain close on the brilliant career of Colette.
The Godolphin star had 25 starts in her career and netted a pair of Group 1 wins, earning the juggernaut stable more than $7 million in prizemoney along the way.
Not a bad return for a horse who ran eighth in her debut at Hawkesbury back in December 2019.
“What a remarkable horse she’s been on the track for us, from such humble beginnings through the provincial circuit to being a multiple G1 winner and the winner of more than $7 million in prizemoney,” Godolphin Australia head trainer James Cummings said.
“The only preparation that she didn’t win or place in a G1 in all of her racing campaigns was the preparation she won over $4 million in prizemoney when she won the Golden Eagle.
“We are very grateful to have had her out here and very proud of her accomplishments.”
Cummings will be hoping to add more G1s to an ever-growing tally this weekend when Cascadian represents the stable in the All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
“Weight-for-age will be much better for Cascadian but there’s a lot of pace in this race with a large number of horses who prefer to settle right up there on the speed,” Cummings said.
“That will suit a horse who has had a good grounding this preparation and who should be extremely fit albeit dropping back in distance.”
Cummings has also given a good push for another Sydney runner, fan favourite Kementari, who goes around in the Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at G3 level.
“He’s a horse who is really flying,” Cummings said.
“He won stylishly two starts ago on his first look at a really Heavy track and there’s no doubt he’s going well.
“His most recent hit-out was what I wanted to see, he’s coming to hand quite nicely.”
According to Cummings, Godolphin’s best representative in Victoria is NSW visitor Mamounia, with the emerging three-year-old to have her first crack at 2400m in the Listed Elvis Thurgood Galilee Series Final at Caulfield on Saturday.
To be ridden by Jamie Kah, Mamounia will jump from barrier three and is currently a $4.20 favourite for the race with Sportsbet.