Colette is an easing $8.50 chance in Tramway Stakes betting after being fitted up with two trials during July and August at Hawkesbury and then Randwick where she wasn’t knocked around finishing behind the placegetters.
“She’s returned from her spell a stronger-bodied mare who might nevertheless find herself out of her comfort zone over the 1400m on Saturday,” Cummings said.
“We’ve got our feet on the ground, not getting carried away.”
Josh Parr takes the reins aboard Colette on Saturday while Kerrin McEvoy will partner her stablemate Avilius when the popular galloper resumes in the Godolphin blue in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).
Avilius was scratched a fortnight ago from the Group 1 Winx Stakes and his trainer says “he’s coming up solidly” leading into the campaign.
“I felt he was ready (for the Winx Stakes) but I’d started his preparation with the intention to run him first-up over this trip (1600m) so we ultimately made the call to stick to our original plan and we we’re pretty comfortable with where he is at going into Saturday,” he said.
“We think this is a good program for him other than there appears to be absolutely zero pace in the race for a weight-for-age mile race at Randwick.
“I think he can run well first-up and get his campaign off to a great start.”
Avilius is the $4.80 favourite for the Chelmsford Stakes.
Cummings indicated a George Main Stakes defence a fortnight after Saturday is the most likely second-up run for Avilius and the imported son of Pivotal is entered for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups as well as the WS Cox Plate.
Article courtesty of Racenet.