O’Shea still at Godolphin helm for time being with runners at Kembla and Warwick Farm
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Godolphin has five runners across four races at Tuesday’s Kembla Grange meeting and another six starters at the Warwick Farm midweeks on Wednesday and all listed as having O’Shea as trainer.
Amid speculation that Godolphin and their trainer have parted ways, Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel told The Daily Telegraph that O’Shea is still officially the stable trainer.
‘We have received no notification from Godolphin that there has been a change of trainer,’’ Van Gestel said on Monday.
“It is business as usual at the Godolphin stable as far as the stewards are concerned although we are aware that John O’Shea is on leave.
“Until such time that Godolphin informs stewards of a change, then the stewards are satisfied that John O’Shea is the stable trainer.’’
O’Shea leads the provincial trainers premiership with 61 wins and has a 11-win buffer over nearest rival Chris Waller.
However, Waller is a runaway lead of the Sydney premiership with 122 wins to O’Shea’s 69 and the NSW premiership is also in Waller’s favour with 172 wins to O’Shea on 133.
The O’Shea stable also has 10 nominations for the Rosehill Gardens meeting on Saturday including Alegric, Allergic and Big Blue in the Listed $150,000 Lord Mayors Cup (2000m).
John O’Shea remains the official trainer for Godolphin’s Australian operation for now at least. Picture: Getty Images
Godolphin’s Doncaster Mile winner It’s Somewhat has been entered for the Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday alongside stablemates Tessera (Gold Coast Guineas), Regent (Ken Russell Memorial) and Federal (Prime Minister’s Cup).
The Rosehill meeting has attracted a bumper 173 entries for the nine-race program including 21 nominations for the Lord Mayors Cup.
Some of the stayers entered for the Rosehill feature as also nominated for the Listed $150,000 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup (2000m) on Friday including Astronomos, Danjeu, My Psychiatrist and More Energy.