Wow! What a Group One roll

The season just gets better and better for Cambridge horses.

The 2010-11 season was a record one for Cambridge with seven Group One winners coming from the centre and being responsible for 10 races at the top level. But that record has been well and truly smashed and there’s more to come.

Cambridge-trained horses have won 12 Group One races this term with the latest being (It’s A) Dundeel, who annihilated his opposition in the $A500,000 M.J. Balle Rosehill Guineas in Sydney last Saturday.

Dundeel, trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, has now picked up three Group One wins this season, the first two being the Spring Champion Stakes and the Randwick Guineas.

The Group One $A1.5 million ATC Australian Derby on Saturday week now sits tantalisingly close to also going the way of Dundeal, who will join the champion Octagonal if he can complete the Randwick (formerly Canterbury) Guineas – Rosehill Guineas — Australian Derby Triple Crown.

And between times Ruud Awakening, Stephen Marsh’s freak filly, and the Linda Laing-trained Veyron, last season’s Cambridge Horse Of The Year, will be on the Sydney stage in Group One assignments.

Ruud Awakening has a realistic chance to stamp herself as New Zealand’s best-ever two-year-old when she contests the Group I $A3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill next weekend. And if successful, what a coup for Cambridge that would be!

Ruud Awakening is already one of the nine individual Group One winners from the Cambridge centre, having crushed her rivals in the Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie last month.

Veyron, winner of the Group One Zabeel Classic, will also be lining up this weekend, in the Group I George Ryder Stakes, while his main mission is the Group I $A2 million Doncaster Handicap at Randwick on April 20.

Cambridge’s other Group One winners this season have been Sangster (Darci Brahma International Stakes and Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup), Sacred Falls (Sothy’s 2000 Guineas), Rollout The Carpet (NZB 1000 Guineas), Fleur de Lune (Sistema Railway Stakes), Historian (Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile) and More Than Sacred (Wellfield NZ Oaks).

There are two more Group One races left on this season’s NZ calendar and Cambridge has strong chances in both. The events are the Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha on Saturday and the Easter Handicap at Ellerslie the following weekend.