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24/11/2020 Trekking wins trial

Dual Group 1 winner Trekking (Street Cry) put the finishing touches to his preparation for Saturday’s Winterbottom Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) at Ascot by winning a barrier trial at Belmont yesterday. Trained by James Cummings, Trekking finished fourth behind Hey Doc (Duporth) in the Winterbottom 12 months ago and the six-year-old appeared in top form ahead of this weekend’s $1 million feature under Railway Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) hero Willie Pike, getting the better of Excellent Dream (Dream Ahead) in a five-horse line-up that also included Lindsey Smith's unbeaten Chantrea (Puissance de Lune). "Obviously, Willie (Pike) is not used to the way James (Cummings) trains his horses but we just said 'come out neutral, get some cover and let him find his stride nicely the last furlong'," Cummings' representative Nacim Dilmi told The Races WA. "He's pulled up very well which gives us another great indication he's going well into Saturday's race." Trekking is one of 16 acceptances (plus one emergency) for the Winterbottom Stakes. The barrier draw is set to take place this evening.