Few break the maiden as impressively as Astern’s aft cabin


Godolphin’s rear colt, Aft Cabin, dropped from $101 to $15 for Group 1 Caulfield Guineas after beating his young daughter in style over 1400m at Sandown-Hillside on Wednesday.

Ridden by Jamie Kah for James Cummings, Aft Cabin pulled away from an outer barrier. He ran three wide with cover, and when Kah asked for an effort, the response was immediate.

The three-quarter brother of Multaja and Veranillo displayed a scintillating toe turn to defeat the colt of Written Tycoon Bel Air by a six-length widening with American Liaison (American Pharoah) a header back in third.

Aft Cabin was well supported on his debut when he was edged out by Miyoshi on a heavy 10 at Warwick Farm on July 27.

Team representative Sean Keogh said the team will chart a path to Caulfield’s Guineas.

“What everyone thought of him back home came to fruition,” Keogh said.

“If you have an opinion about your horse, you have to participate in these races. He’s tucked them away in style in a young girl, and I’m sure James is looking at the Saturday races over the next month and then continuing our journey.

“It was super impressive. He was good first on a heavy track and even better on a better surface.

The race went wonderfully and Jamie put it in a nice spot.

After Cabin is the fifth winner of the same number to come out of mare Lonhro Shelters, who leaves behind Group III winner PJ Bell Hcp Multaja (Medaglia d’Oro) and Listed ATC winner Veranillo (Medaglia d’Oro) Lonhro Plate.

A sister to BRC Group 1 winner TJ Smith Stakes Benfica, Shelters has a colt weaned by Harry Angel (IRE) and was bred to Brazen Beau last spring.

Group 1 ATC Golden Rose Stakes winner Astern (Medaglia d’Oro) will cost Darley Stud $11,000 this spring.

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