At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, Yarradale Stud shuttler War Chant (War Chant (Danzig-Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S) added a black-type success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding War Room (War Chant-Impressing Matters, by Viscount) fought on tenaciously to score a brave front-running win in the $100,000 Listed Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Gaulois & Reykjavik. War Room, who is out of the Listed WATC Burgess Queen Stakes winner Impressing Matters, extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins from 3 starts for $95,800 in earnings.
Godolphin colt Gaulois will be the lone visitor in a strong field of locals in tomorrow's Gr2 WA Guineas (1600m) at Ascot, reports Godolphin.com. A winner of 2 of his 8 starts to date, Gaulois brings some class to the $500,000 3YO feature after finishing within 2.6 lengths of the highly rated Levendi in the Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last start. "That was the strongest field he's faced and he did really well from his outside gate to finish only two-and-a-half-lengths from the winner, who looks to be quite a good horse," said trainer James Cummings. "We went into that race knowing we had a colt with some class and he proved that he'll run a strong mile." Cummings added: "He's drawn wide again [barrier 17], but he's settled in nicely in Perth and we're satisfied that he's held his form." Gaulois is rated a $16 chance with TAB for the WA Guineas. The Karnup-trained Money Maher, a last-start impressive winner of the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m), is currently favourite at $4.20.
Godolphin have confirmed that they will send three horses across to West Australia for the Perth summer racing carnival. Gr1 Emirates Stakes placegetter It's Somewhat, Gr1 Darley Classic placegetter Impending, and promising 3YO Gaulois will fly out to Perth on Sunday. It's Somewhat holds entries in the Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on Saturday week and the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on 9 December, Impending is entered in the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on 2 December, while Gaulois is set to run in the Gr2 WA Guineas (1600m) on 25 November. "Impending and It's Somewhat came through Saturday as well as I could have hoped and Gaulois has really pleased me since the Carbine Club," trainer James Cummings told racenet. "Perth has always been the grand final for Impending and It's Somewhat and I'm really happy with the way both horses are progressing in their campaigns."
Meanwhile, today's opening race at Canterbury in Sydney could be decided by an event held last January. That feature was the Widden Stakes at Rosehill where $6 debutant Boorooj finished 1.5-lengths behind high class 2YO Teaspoon. Boorooj is by Darley's leading stallion Exceed and Excel out of Gr1-winning Zabeel mare Unearthly. She set Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum back $750,000 at 2016's Inglis Easter Sale. This afternoon the juvenile filly takes on some pretty handy opposition in the form of Godolphin's colt Gaulois and James Cummings' Envy Of All, both of which are yet to be unplaced from their first three starts. Throw in All Too Hard's promising Team Hawkes-trained colt Newburgh plus a few interesting debutants, and it's a really intriguing contest.