Raceday focus: Shayne O’Cass previews Wednesday’s meeting at Wyong

Dec 12, 2017

TRAINER Anthony Cummings is hoping the son of one of his former Group 1 stars will deliver the first leg of a double at Wednesday’s Australian Turf Club meeting at Wyong.

African Academy is the one to beat in the Limitless Lodge Breaking In Plate (1350m) after two encouraging runs to start the lightly-raced three-year-old’s career. The colt is a son of Turffontein, who Cummings bought as a yearling in Melbourne in 2006 for $70,000.

Turffontein won five of his 31 starts — highlighted by the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and William Reid Stakes — earning prizemoney of more than $1.2 million. He is now the resident sire at Victoria’s Blue Gum Farm.

“I have got a couple of Turffontein’s, he’s been the best so far, but I have got some others that are coming that are quite nice horses as well,’’ Cummings said. “African Academy is probably the most like Turffontein that I have had — he is very much like his sire.’’

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