Godolphin stayer to run in Bendigo Cup

Francis Of Assisi at trackwork at Werribee ahead of next Wednesday's Jayco Bendigo Cup. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Francis Of Assisi at trackwork at Werribee ahead of next Wednesday's Jayco Bendigo Cup. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

The famous blue silks of Godolphin racing will appear in next Wednesday’s Jayco Bendigo Cup (2400m).

Arguably the world’s most powerful racing stable, Godolphin will be represented by Francis Of Assisi in the $300,000 Group Three race.

Francis Of Assisi, trained in England by Charlie Appleby, has had success over the hurdles and on the flat in the United Kingdom.

The seven-year-old won three-straight hurdle races last year before running third in a Group Two hurdle over 4000m.

Francis Of Assisi arrived in Australia on the back of two unplaced flat runs in England in our winter.

He was fourth in the John Smith Silver Cup (2800m) and sixth in the Summer Stakes (2800m).

A son of Danehill Dancer, Francis Of Assisi has won six races on 16 career starts and his best form is on wet tracks.

Francis Of Assisi is arguably the lowest ranked Godolphin stayer in Australia for the feature cups, but the lack of depth in Victoria’s distance races means the seven-year-old will be a live chance at the Nursery Of Champions.

The Bendigo Cup has averaged 12 acceptances over the past five years, while Wednesday’s $300,000 Geelong Cup only has a field of nine after the scratching of Who Shot Thebarman and Arab Dawn.

This Saturday’s $300,000 Group Two Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) has attracted 25 entries, including Francis Of Assisi’s stablemates Qewy, Second Wave and Oceanographer.

One of Francis Of Assisi’s rivals at Bendigo next Wednesday could be 2014 Bendigo Cup winner Bring Something.

The six-year-old has only had six starts since winning the Bendigo feature two years ago.

The Ken Keys-trained stayer ran a slashing first-up third over 1700m at Caulfield on September 24 before finishing down the track in the Coongy Handicap (2000m) at the same track last Saturday afternoon.

Entries for the Bendigo Cup will be released on Thursday, with the final field announced on Monday.

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