Gauguin – just no

Gauguin – just no

Horse name: Gauguin

Age: 4

Sex: Gelding

Trainer: John Sargent

Owner: Wide ownership includes Sir Patrick Hogan, Think Big Stud, Goree Stud.

Country: Australian

Attempt?: Nominated

Our handicap: 50kgs

Formline: Nothing of note

Distance Query?: Yes!

Path?: Melbourne Spring

Likes wet?: ?

Notes: The Gauguin nomination is a brave one – this guy has only had four starts! He won his maiden back in January at the Farm for James Cummings, and then jumped immediately into a fourth placing in a Group 3 over the mile in a decent looking form race.

Cummings said after his maiden that he was mighty hopeful for the horse:

“It’s hard to be ultra-impressive at the finish when you’re three-quarters of a length outside the leader and have to be rustled up early,” Cummings said.

“Clearly the horse has got plenty to learn but he’s promising and we think he will get over a trip.

“As we’re getting closer to the autumn, these three-year-old races usually reveal some promising horses and there’s a good plan in place for him so hopefully he can keep stepping up and delivering.”

He’s owned by industry heavyweights, including Sir Patrick Hogan, Gooree Stud and Think Big Stud.

Since Cummings went to Godolphin he’s gone to John Sargent, resuming on August 30th to disapoint over 1200m. Sargent had said that he was hopeful of rolling the winner so that didn’t go to plan.

On the face of it, his breeding doesn’t suggest anything about staying with his dam un-raced. Somehow he cost $85,000 too so he must have good confirmation?

Not sure if he’s one for the battlers because he’s a little too blue blood owned, and making either the Caulfield or Melbourne Cup look a little far for him. Oh and the name probably comes from artist Paul Gauguin, a French post-Impressionist painter, so that won’t curry favour either.