Viridine made it four wins from as many starts with another impressive victory in the 2017 Roman Consul Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon.

Viridine proved too classy for his rivals in the 2017 Roman Consul Stakes. Photo by: Steve Hart

Viridine proved too classy for his rivals in the 2017 Roman Consul Stakes. Photo by: Steve Hart

Jockey Brenton Avdulla had trouble getting Viridine to settle in the early stages of the Roman Consul Stakes, but he was eventually able to settle into a nice rhythm and he received a lovely trail into the race.

It looked as though he may struggle to find clear running, but a gap opened up for him on the fence at the top of the straight and he responded well when asked for an extra effort from Avdulla.

Single Bullet was in for the fight, but Viridine proved too classy late and he ran away from his rival in the final stages to claim a strong Roman Consul Stakes win.

Avdulla believes that Viridine still has plenty to learn, but he is of the opinion that the Roman Consul Stakes winner is a very talented horse that is capable of measuring up at the highest level of racing.

“He is a very promising colt,” Avdulla said.

“He is blessed with a tonne of speed, but he just needs to harness his energy a little bit.

“As soon as the gates opened he just locked on and I was in trouble for the first 400 metres – he was just wanting to run through the bridle off a slow speed and it wasn’t until they quickened up that he actually got himself into a rhythm.

“He worked through up inside of them and it was pretty soft late.

“He obviously has a great deal of ability, but he can’t be making these mistakes when he hits the top grade.

“He is a strong galloper and he is a serious animal.”

Trainer James Cummings is yet to confirm where Viridine will have his next race start, but the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day is the obvious target for the unbeaten galloper.

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