Winners Keep Rolling In

Oct 28, 2016

While the Spring in Melbourne is the time and place to have the stable big guns firing there is plenty of low hanging fruit paying excellent prizemoney to be harvested at home for our developing types. Benefitting from some adroit placement by Anthony the last 24 hours has seen promising three year old Crown Him and the lightly raced four year old Maven Wiz give the stable a double at Canterbury, and Tammany Hall continuing the run at Gosford with a bloodless victory in a Class 2 handicap. Total prizemoney for the three wins, including the all important BOBS bonuses, topped $70,000 for connections with the promise of more to come.

Such is the form the stable is in at present our strike rate in Metropolitan Sydney sits at an outstanding 26% for October. Add to that a couple of near misses and placings for two fillies in Stakes races earning all important Black Type for their pedigrees, and it is clear the stable is in a rich vein of form.

Having won the last race at Randwick on Saturday with Muraqaba, we picked up where we left off in the first at Canterbury on Wednesday with Crown Him. Stakes placed in the time-honoured Fernhill Handicap in the Autumn, Anthony has always held this fellow in high regard and expects we will see the best of him as he matures. He gave more than a glimpse of his ability on Wednesday under a ten out of ten ride from Blake Shinn, also showing his versatility in the unfamiliar role of pace setter from his inside gate. Travelling well on the turn, Shinn patiently held the son of Casino Prince together until straightening at which time he quickened in the manner of a good horse, leaving his pursuers to squabble over the minor placings.

Then late in the day Maven Wiz put his credentials for a trip to Melbourne on the line and came through with flying colours. On the pace from the outset the son of Duke Of Marmalade went toe-to-toe with the well fancied Dubawi Dream from well before the home turn before asserting his superiority to score by a length and a quarter. The lightly raced gelding will now target a high value race on VRC Oaks day.

Roll forward 24 hours and the Anthony Cummings Racing truck and experienced team headed to Gosford with Tammany Hall, and came home victorious. A chunk of the credit for the success must go to apprentice Nick Heywood who bounced his mount out, had him beautifully settled just behind the pace before timing his challenge to perfection coming around the leaders heels on straightening. “Tammany” responded immediately setting up a winning break, in the end scoring unextended by a length. Nick's ride lost nothing in comparison with Blake's the day before.  Anthony and Edward will no doubt find another suitable opportunity for the sparingly raced five year old in the near future.