Aquitaine earns extended Queensland stay

By: Mark Oberhardt Saturday 6 June 2020

Godolphin mare Aquitaine will chase more stakes success in Queensland after winning the Listed Mick Dittman Plate at Eagle Farm.

Despite being forced to race deep Aquitaine, the $2.50 favourite, finished too well to beat Iced ($61) by three-quarters of a length in the 1000m scamper.

It was the first win of the winter for Godolphin but Aquitaine looks set to earn more black-type.

Godolphin travelling foreman Nacim Dilmi said the filly had been racing well in Sydney before heading north.

"She had been placed in some black-type races and James (trainer Cummings) felt she should get a chance to win a race in Brisbane," he said.

"She has done well and she isn't going back to Sydney on the float on Sunday.

"I think James is looking at a race like the Gai Waterhouse at Ipswich for her."

Aquitaine has now won four races and more than $250,000 in prize money.

Jockey Jim Orman picked up the winning ride when Larry Cassidy was ruled out of the Stradbroke meeting because of an ankle injury.

Orman finished third on Niccanova in the Group One Stradbroke and felt he should have won.

"That was a good win and end to what had been an unlucky day," he said.