Godolphin’s Peacock takes Gothic Stakes

Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing John O’Shea was able to celebrate with Peacock at the end of Saturday’s Gothic Stakes, but Godolphin’s other two runners made excruciating viewing as he watched the replay.

It was the nature of the race where jockeys looked for cover and Peacock was the one that got clearest run after travelling on the back of the leader.

“He has done a good job to win, got the breaks and took them when they come,” O’Shea said. “He had covered down the side from that wind and then sprinted well.

“He didn’t want it another metre longer.”

Peacock drove through on the fence when the run presented itself and fended off a late charge from Violate to score by a short half head with favourite Acatour another half head away in third.

“We were just getting smashed by the wind down the side,” winning jockey Dwayne Dunn said. “He had cover and then sprinted quickly when he had too.”

Acatour had punched the breeze outside the lead but Blake Shinn was losing it as excuse for defeat.

“He was just all at sea the first time this way,” Shinn said. “He did know what to do and did well to fight on as he did.”

However there were plenty of runners, which had excuses as they were left searching for runs in the straight. Morton’s Fork and Trenchant were among them.

Craig Williams reported to O’Shea that “the only time I got clear was when I turned around to come back home”.

Brenton Avdulla said Trenchant got clear late but by that time was chance of being in the finish. O’Shea could afford to be philosophical.

“We have two horses there that have had a good track gallop for the Carbine Club Stakes,” O’Shea said. “The winner [Peacock] will probably stay at seven [furlongs, 1400m] and run in the Hilton Hotels and Resort Stakes on the final day at Flemington.”

Peacock’s win did have poignancy as he was a son of Lonhro and therefore a grandson of Octagonal, who died overnight at 24. The ultimate racing form guide with free tips, live odds and alerts for all racing.

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