The spring is fast approaching and James Cummings stepped some stars out at Monday’s Hawkesbury trials

Godolphin trainer James Cummings unleashed some of his stable’s main spring carnival contenders including top mare Colette at the Hawkesbury barrier trials session on Monday morning.

Colette, winner of the Golden Eagle, ATC Australian Oaks and more than $5 million prizemoney, was kept under a tight rein when unplaced in her heat.

With jockey Rachel King in the saddle, Colette was taken wide on the turn and cruised home in sixth position, more than three lengths behind Rebukes who ran the 800m in 47.21s.

Rachel King (blue cap) on Best of Days, Hugh Bowman (white cap) on Cascadian and Tommy Berry (yellow cap) on Emanate after their Hawkesbury trial. Picture: Mark Evans – Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Colette is likely to barrier trial again before resuming in the Group 1 $500,000 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on August 21.

The Godolphin mare is on the third line of early TAB Fixed Odds betting on the race at $8, behind Verry Elleegant, the $2.80 favourite.

Doncaster Mile hero Cascadian, a stablemate of Colette, is also prominent in Winx Stakes betting at $15, and was also given an easy time of it in his 800m heat.

The baldy-faced Cascadian, ridden by Hugh Bowman, finished seventh, beaten about four lengths behind Ballistic Moon in 47.33s.

Godolphin’s highly-rated colt, Ingratiating, runner-up in the Blue Diamond and third in the Golden Slipper earlier this year, was never given any rein by jockey Hugh Bowman but worked home to claim second behind the speedy Have Mercy in 46.81s.

Have Mercy skips away late to win a trial at @hawkesburyrc on Monday with @godolphin's Golden Slipper placegetter Ingratiating closing in second and Makemake third. @[email protected]/xDuA1a847e

Another of Cummings’ promising rising three-year-old colts, Paulele, winner of three of his five juvenile starts including the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes, also looked in good order finishing third in his trial, beaten a length behind Lake Tana (47.58s).

Ingratiating ($15) and Paulele ($26) are among the early fancies for the Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 25 behind their stablemate, Anamoe at $4.50, which is joint favourite with Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside.

The Cummings-trained filly Trifaccia is on the Group 1 Flight Stakes trail this spring and won’t be a maiden for long judging by her eye-catching second to Bunchen (47.55s).

Originally published asCummings stars stretch their legs at Hawkesbury trials

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