Two Street Boss fillies are poised to lead Godolphin’s raid on the rich The Showdown (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Following some extraordinary success in Sydney last Saturday, Darley – the breeding arm of the global powerhouse Godolphin – will hopefully be represented in the $1 million race by Victorian sire Street Boss’ Arcaded and Sliders.
With three victories from four starts, including a Group 3 and a Group 2 win, Arcaded is also entered for the Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Trainer James Cummings will make a decision on where the two-year-old runs in the next couple of days, but Caulfield is certainly a tempting proposition.
Arcaded, which is out of Lonhro mare Gloriette, is a last start winner of the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill and had a 30 day freshen-up before a 1040m trial at Randwick last Friday where she finished third.
The filly is based in Sydney at the moment, while Sliders is at Cummings’ Flemington stables.
Out of Glissade (Redoute’s Choice), Sliders has raced four times for one win over 900m at Newcastle and a second at Rosehill over 1100m. She was unplaced at her most recent start at Caulfield on April 3 in the listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1100m) when she was caught out wide. Glissade is the dam of Group 1 winning Flit.
Sliders also holds a nomination for the Percy Sykes Stakes, but is expected to stay at home for The Showdown.
There are several factors to take into consideration before deciding whether Arcaded will stay in Sydney or races in Melbourne. Cummings is expected to accept for both races and then make a final decision based on barriers and the composition of both fields.
But hopefully both fillies will be running in The VOBIS Sires Showdown.
Darley’s Andy Makiv said a definitive decision had yet to be made by Cummings.
He said Arcaded was obviously a very talented filly and also extremely valuable.
“Obviously she is nominated for both races and they are million dollar races,” Makiv said.
“And it’s up to James Cummings and the stable to determine where she runs and she is obviously in good fettle and ready to go on Saturday.”
Another Street Boss filly, the Greg Eurell trained three-year-old Ripper Rita also looms as one of the key players in the VOBIS Sires Guineas (1600m).
Last Saturday, Cummings prepared four stakes winners for Godolphin, including two at Group 1 level in Sydney.
Street Boss’ Anamoe won the Group 1 Inglis Sires Produce for two-year-olds which more than likely will see the colt eventually becoming another Darley stallion.
Makiv said with a couple of Street Boss’ nominated for The Showdown and one in the VOBIS Sires Guineas, it showed that the American stallion is in good shape.
“He is going really well and is a good stallion,” he said.
“With Arcaded and Anamoe, he is having a fabulous year. They are two very good two-year-olds and it is fantastic for him and he’ll warrant a reasonable fee this year. I haven’t worked it out yet.”
Makiv said that 100 mares caps out Street Boss who is currently in America on stud duties.
“We will stick to the same number but will probably charge more and I think that will be the key to him,” Makiv said.
Street Boss has shuttled to Darley in Victoria since 2009. His biggest book was in 2015 when he served 119 mares on a $11,000 service fee.
The son of Street Cry served 98 mares last season with a $27,500 service fee.