La Tene winning on Saturday (Image: Racing Photos)
Godolphin's domination of Australia's two-year-old races continued at Flemington on Saturday as La Tene claimed the $200,000 MSS Security VRC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m).
Trained by James Cummings, La Tene ($12) settled in second position under the guidance of Dwayne Dunn and rode the pace established by Fling ($31), who led comfortably through the first 800 metres in 48.6 seconds.
La Tene then gradually gained the ascendancy up the straight before holding off the late-charging effort of the erratic Dalasan ($3.80 favourite) to score by a short neck. Fling held on for third, a further neck away.
"We adore her, she's so tough," said Cummings' Melbourne foreperson Kate Grimwade.
"Her win last start at Sandown (Hillside) gave us one of the biggest thrills of the last few months the way she dug deep. I wasn't sure she had the class but she fought so hard."
WATCH: La Tene's win
Cummings has won 17 two-year-old races as Godolphin's Australian head trainer while Anthony Freedman prepared Lyre to win the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield last month.
"It's a lovely position to be in, we've got some real quality coming through," Grimwade said.
Dalasan, trained by Leon Macdonald in partnership with Andrew Gluyas, was unbeaten with two wins in Adelaide prior to suffering his first loss in the MSS Security Sires' Produce Stakes.
"He's got above-average ability but is extremely raw. He's a very exciting horse going forward. If he does things right, he wins," jockey Craig Williams said.
WATCH: Hear from Grimwade
James Cummings' 2YO winners during 2018/19 season
Le Tene - G2 MSS Security Sires' Produce (1400m) at Flemington, March 9
Tenley - G2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, March 9
Microphone - G2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, March 2
Varda - Maiden Plate (1000m) at Bendigo, February 26
La Tene - 2YO Handicap (1400m) at Sandown Hillside, February 20
Microphone - LR Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington, February 16
Tenley - Pierro Plate (1100m) at Randwick, Feburary 16
Bivouac - LR Lonhro Plate (1100m) at Warwick Farm, February 9
Amercement - G3 Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill, February 2
Microphone - 2YO Plate (1000m) at Flemington, January 12
Exhilarates - Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at Gold Coast, January 12
Exhilarates - 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Gold Coast, January 5
Pin Sec - 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Randwick, December 26
Athiri - 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill, December 1
Tassort - Golden Gift (1100m) at Rosehill, November 24
Tenley - 2YO Plate (1100m) at Kensington, November 22
Kiamichi - 2YO Handicap (1200m) at Rosehill, November 10