Trekking after third Group 1 win at The Valley

Trekking will be taking place in the Moir Stakes at The Valley.

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Godolphin galloper Trekking will audition for a place in The Everest when he runs in the $1 million Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley on Friday night. 

The James Cummings-trained sprinter is resuming from a break with the trainer saying Trekking is very fresh for the 1000m dash. 

Trekking finished eighth behind Nature Strip in last year's edition of the Moir Stakes and later gained a place in The Everest by winning the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) on the opening day of the Caulfield Cup carnival. 

Trekking returned to Sydney the following week to finish third behind Yes Yes Yes in The Everest and in doing so claim his biggest prize money cheque, eclipsing the $900,000 first prize in winning the Group 1 Stradbroke at Eagle Farm the previous June. 

Despite being a six-year-old and with 29 starts under the belt, netting 10 victories, Cummings said there was more wins in store for Trekking. 

The gelding won the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville in May before finishing ninth in the Stradbroke (1400m) the following month to close out his five-year-old season. 

"I don't think he's finished building on his already formidable record," Cummings said. 

"And he's enjoyed a light preliminary, so he's very fresh for the 1000 metres." 

"He ran well in this race last year when he was beaten a length-and-a-half by Nature Strip and I feel he could run even better than that." 

Leading into last year's Moir, Trekking had two barrier trials, but this time around Cummings has kept the freshness in Trekking as the gelding aims for a third Group 1 victory. 

Trekking won a Rosehill barrier trial on August 31 and has not been sighted in a public outing since. 

Cummings said his attention would turn to the $15 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 17 after Trekking runs on Friday night. 

 "I imagine we'd get through this weekend first before we talk about that," Cummings said. 

"But there are still spots remaining, he ran third in it last year and there aren't many sprinters around with the record he has." 

Trekking sits on the third line of TAB betting at $7 for Friday night's race that sees Perth mare Fabergino the $4 favourite ahead of South Australian speedster Bella Vella, aiming for a fourth win from five starts at The Valley, a $6 chance. 


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