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Viridine Out To Keep Perfect Record
Godolphin trainer James Cummings thinks boom colt Viridine can continue his impressive winning run when he contests the Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday. The son of Poet's Voice extended his unbeaten record to three when claiming the Listed ATC Heritage Stakes (1100m) on 16 September, and Cummings sees no reason why he won't maintain his perfect CV in the $300,000 3YO feature. "We've given him an extra week to get over his strong first up win where he wanted to overdo it a bit in the Heritage Stakes," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "Since then he's gone ahead again, the only thing I could say is that he may have worked too well in the lead-up to this race." He added: "He's an impressive three-year-old with an enviable record and if there's more to come, then we have a lot to look forward to." A homebred for Darley, Viridine is out of the Anabaa mare Patina and is a direct descendent of Flight Stakes, Wakeful Stakes & Surround Stakes-winning mare La Caissiere (Luskin Star), dam of Gr1 Thousand Guineas & Gr1 Flight Stakes winner Dashing Eagle. Godolphin will also run Beau Geste in the Roman Consul. "He's been a slow-maturing sprinting type who seems to be coming into his own now," Cummings said. "Physically he's growing stronger the deeper we get into the spring and I feel he's going ahead enough to be competitive."