Newmarket trainer Ismail Mohammed is making big plans for Away He Goes for the second half of the year after the five-year-old gelding scored a gallant second place behind Trueshan and Holly Doyle in the Group 1 Goodwood Cup over 3200m last week.
The race was run in very heavy going after the track had been drenched by heavy rainfall in the preceding twenty-four hours. The state of the track was enough for trainer John Gosden to withdraw the favourite Stradivarius, who would have been bidding for an unprecedented fifth Goodwood Cup triumph.
In his previous start over 3200m Away he Goes finished third behind Subjectivist in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in March, so his staying credentials will clearly serve him well down under as he now targets, amongst others, the Melbourne Cup in November.
Mohammed has indicated that the Prix Kergorlay at Deauville on August 22 will be Away he Goes’s immediate target on route to Australia.
“The plan is to go to Australia for the Melbourne Cup 2021, then head back to Dubai for the winter with him,” Mohammed told the Racing Post.
“I’ve never had a runner in Australia, so it’s exciting, and I hope we’re going to the right place with the right horse. He’ll go straight to the big race after quarantine over there.”
Apart from his staying prowess Away He Goes also has a fair level of consistency on his side having finished in the first three places in ten of his fifteen starts.