Issue 792

GODOLPHIN NEWS adiyat racing 6 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 792 Thursday 6th April 2023 By Duane Fonseca Godolphin have a class act heading towards the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Wet Paint, a 3yo daughter of Blame trained by Brad Cox, completed a clean sweep of the Oaklawn Park trials for the top fillies affair in the first week of May winning the Grade 3 Fantasy Stakes rather comfortably despite a poor break that saw her trail the field by nearly a dozen lengths. It was her third straight success after previously landing the Grade 3 Honeybee Stakes, which arrived after her win in the Listed Martha Washington Stakes, all over the same 1900m dirt surface. It was three in three for jockey Flavien Prat with her as well. The pair trailed the field after the break and were way off the pace, but hitting the midpoint of the back straight as Wet Paint’s engine warmed up fully, Prat gave her the orders and she started to lengthen her stride which saw her gobble ground quickly and reel in her rivals easily. Once Wet Paint found her mojo the rest were left to fight for the minor spots. She turned for home four wide and with the fate of the race visibly sealed. Gaining the ascendancy at the final 200m pole she breezed to take a two and a half length success with Taxed second and Olivia Twist a further half back in third. Winning trainer Cox added: “Wet Paint had been training really well and handled the fast track which was a question mark for her. "The Oaklawn path can lead to a win in the Kentucky Oaks and we are very proud with what Wet Paint has achieved here all winter. She is an exciting filly and we are looking forward to the Kentucky Oaks.” WET PAINT HANGS RIVALS OUT TO DRY IN KENTUCKY OAKS PREP BOLD, A WINNING ACT In Britain, Charlie Appleby trained Bold Act landed the Woodford Reserve Cardinal Conditions Stakes (The Road to the Kentucky Derby) over 1600m on the allweather at Chelmsford under Harry Davies taking a half length success ahead of Brave Emperor, while another Conditions level victory was claimed by the Henri-Alex Pantall trained After The Rain, who won the Prix de l’Hippodrome de Tours-Chambray over 2000m at Le Mans, France, by two lengths under Tony Piccone. Wet Paint BRAD COX: THE OAKLAWN PATH CAN LEAD TO A WIN IN THE KENTUCKY OAKS AND WE ARE VERY PROUD WITH WHAT WET PAINT HAS ACHIEVED HERE ALL WINTER.