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Trekking On Track for Stradbroke Double
Godolphin trainer James Cummings believes Trekking (Street Cry-Outdoor, by Redoute's Choice) is going as well this year as when he won last year's Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on Saturday, despite the four kilogram weight increase he's been given, reports racingqueensland.com.au. Currently second favourite at $5, Trekking could become only the third horse to win successive Stradbroke Handicaps since the metric scale was introduced in Australia in 1972. The others are Rough Habit (Roughcast-Certain Habit, by Ashabit) in 1991 and 1992, and Black Piranha (Clang-Jazztrack, by Distinctly North) in 2009 and 2010. In total, seven horses have won back-to-back Stradbrokes since the race was first run in 1890. "He's flying and he's going as good now as last year," Cummings said. "He's going into this race with a Gr1 (Goodwood) under his belt and it's a big challenge with some of his stablemates breathing down his neck. He (Trekking) has a lot to run for now and it would give us immense pride if he could achieve those goals." Cummings acknowledged, "The big guess is the weight; he's got to carry 4kgs more than last year which is a task in itself and we just hope for good barriers for all our runners." The Godolphin stable will also have Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice), Exhilarates (Snitzel-Samaready, by More Than Ready) and Ranier (Lonhro-Kanzan, by Commands) in the Gr1 race.