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Pandemic steps up to score Randwick win

Godolphin's Pandemic has stepped up from his debut win at Wyong to win at Randwick and add his name to the talent pool at the James Cummings stable.

The pool of Godolphin three-year-olds is deeper than most with Pandemic adding his name to the list with his win at Randwick.

The gelding came to Saturday's benchmark 70-race over 5 1⁄2 f off a debut win at Wyong over 5 f on July 23.

On that occasion he beat the Gerald Ryan-trained Heart Of The Oak with the filly a decisive winner at Newcastle a week ago.

Darren Beadman was at Randwick representing trainer James Cummings with Pandemic winning on the same afternoon Bivouac built on his two-year-old success with victory in the Vain Stakes at Caulfield.

"He's been a late-maturing type being by Sepoy and is stoutly bred on his dam's side as a half-brother to Earthquake," Beadman said.

"He couldn't have been more impressive on debut.

"He's a proper racehorse and a very exciting horse going forward."

Pandemic ($2 fav ) was inside horses looking for a run in the straight and when Tommy Berry got him out, he showed a superior turn of foot to beat Maddi Rocks  ($5.50) by 1-1/4 lengths.

"It was very exciting what he did," Berry said.

"He let down from a standing start and not many young horses are able to do that.

"Maddi Rocks, who I've got a good opinion of myself, had about a length and a half on him when she quickened so for him to go from being stopped in his tracks to picking charging past and beating a good filly that easily is exciting."


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