Trekking will become the first galloper to carry Godolphin’s royal blue colours to victory in each of Australia’s five mainland states if the two-time Group One winner justifies Winterbottom Stakes favouritism at Ascot.

Godolphin, the international thoroughbred racing stable that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum founded in 1994, established a permanent presence in Australia 20 years later. Peter Snowden-trained thoroughbred Academus won the 2012 WA Guineas for Sheikh Mohammed, but his jockey, Kerrin McEvoy, wore Darley’s maroon and white silks, and the oldest son of Lonhro and Youthful Presence only triumphed in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

Trekking has trekked all over Australia since making his debut in December 2016. Trekking has won 10 of his 32 starts, including the Stradbroke Handicap (Group One) in Queensland, The Goodwood (Group One) in South Australia, the Schillaci Stakes (Group Two) in Victoria and the Hall Mark Stakes (Group Three) in New South Wales. Fourth in last year’s Winterbottom Stakes, Trekking will team up with William Pike for his second crack at the Group One race.

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