Trainer Anthony Cummings saw no reason to start playing mind games when questioned about riding tactics for his promising colt Street Dancer in the Group 1 $1 million Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
“We’ve drawn the outside gate (14) and this is the most barrier-sensitive start on the track, it’s tough to win from out there,’’ Cummings said. “But if Street Dancer goes back, he can’t win. I think if he goes forward, then he is a chance to win.’’
Street Dancer (Regan Bayliss) has unbeaten Love Tap (Nash Rawiller) drawn immediately to his inside and there has been plenty of speculation about what tactics both jockeys will use early in the three-year-old classic.
Trainer Anthony Cummings has two runners in the Spring Champion Stakes. Picture: Dylan RobinsonSource:News Corp Australia
But Cummings has laid bare his plan for Street Dancer with Bayliss making use of the chestnut colt’s tactical speed and possibly even leading on settling down.
This enables Rawiller to bring Love Tap across just inside of Street Dancer until he gets to at worst one-off the fence and possibly then allowing the Cummings colt to cross and lead.
Love Tap defeated Street Dancer in the traditional Spring Champion Stakes lead-up, the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes but Cummings believes his three-year-old is capable of turning the tables.
“Street Dancer’s run in the Gloaming was good, I think it was more the race ‘shape’ that beat him,’’ Cummings said.
“It looked like he was going to kick up there a couple of times but the winner broke clear.
“Then when another horse (Bucharest) came at him to try and take second, he did pick up and go again He still had the energy to go faster so he won’t have a problem with 2000m.’’
Cummings, who is chasing a third Spring Champion Stakes after his wins with Hotel Grand (2005) and Teranaba (2006), also saddles up Gorshin in the big race.
Love Tap and Montefilia are at $3.40 equal favourites with Street Dancer at $26 and maiden Gorshin the $151 rank outsider.
Cummings believes both his three-year-olds are over the odds, adding there certainly isn’t as big a gap between them as the betting market indicates.
Anthony Cummings will be chasing his third win in the Spring Champion Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“Gorshin has always presented like a good horse and he works like one,’’ the trainer said.
“Actually he and Street Dancer are good work mates. Street Dancer is a winner and stakes placed and this guy is an improving horse.’’
Gorshin ran his best race in eight attempts when closing late for second in a class 1 over 2000m against older horses at Kembla Grange last start.
“The racing pattern for Gorshin we used the other day is more accurate for him,’’ Cummings said. “When he puts himself into a race early, it’s not the best for him. At Kembla, he was ridden dead quiet early and he did finish his race off very nicely.
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“I would expect he will settle about midfield in the Spring Champion and we will work it out from there. If he can finish off like he did the other day, then I wouldn’t be surprised if runs a very good race.’’
The Cummings-trained Red Stilleto, a late entry into the Group 2 $300,000 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m), can also run a competitive race, according to her trainer.
“Red Stiletto is a nice filly having her first preparation for the stable,’’ Cumming said.
“She went in as a late nomination but I had sat down and looked at this race about 10 times for her. Her work on Tuesday was easily good enough for this race. I feel she has a decent prospect in this race to run a place and for breeding purposes that would be a good result.’’
Cummings also has short-course specialist November Man in the closer, the Angler Luggage Sprint (1000m).
Meantime, Cummings said his The Everest contender Libertini has come through her Premiere Stakes win in great order.
Libertini surged into The Everest contention with a big win in the Premiere Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“Libertini has bounced through the race really well, it’s brought her on and her coat is starting to come through now,’’ Cummings said.
“She will need to have a good gallop (Saturday) morning and then, depending on how that gallop goes, it will decide how much she needs to do on Tuesday.’’
Libertini vaulted into The Everest contention and betting – she firmed form $34 to $7 — when she won the Premiere by two lengths from Classique Legend, recording a stunning 1m 7.6s for the Randwick 1200m course.
Eduardo and Bivouac showed they were ready for their assault on The Everest with brilliant barrier trial wins at Warwick Farm on Friday.
The Joe Pride-trained Eduardo tore around the 801m on the inside grass track in a flying 46.24s – including a 600m sectional of 32.63s – as he raced away to win by more than six lengths even though jockey Rachel King barely moved on the sprinter.
Hall of Famer Glen Boss also kept the James Cummings-trained Bivouac under a tight hold in his heat, winning it by a half length in a time of 47.62s (last 600m in 33.28s). The two sprinters clashed last start with Eduardo finishing second and Bivouac a close third behind Classique Legend in The Shorts.
In latest TAB Fixed Odds betting on The Everest, run at Randwick next Saturday, Bivouac is at $13 and Eduardo at $18.
Another #TABEverest contender wins their trial in Bivouac for @godolphin and @boss_glen who had an easy time out pic.twitter.com/0SlGlZNe5h
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Chris Waller will be keeping a watchful eye on the results of the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick and the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Hall of Fame trainer has the final vacant slot for The Everest and his selection could be influenced by how the likes of Doubtland, Wild Ruler and even his colt, Osamu, perform in the Roman Consul Stakes while Dirty Work is also on trial at Caulfield.
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David Vandyke, trainer of the outstanding Alligator Blood, the hot favourite for the $500,000 Silver Eagle (1300m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday, has had some start to the 2020-21 season, preparing 22 winners from just 52 starters since August 1.
Vandyke’s strike-rate of winners to runners is an extraordinary 42 per cent. To put this into some context, of those trainers in the top 20 on the national premiership, the next best strike-rate is Tony Gollan at 27 per cent (40 winners from 142 runners).
There’s a real Sydney v Melbourne theme to the Group 1 $2 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 $1 million Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
Sydney colts Ole Kirk, King’s Legacy, Mamaragan and Mo’Unga are contesting the Caulfield Guineas while Hungry Heart, Thermosphere, Vangelic and Rock My Wand clashing with the Melbourne fillies in the Thousand Guineas.
Caulfield is regarded as difficult track for Sydney horses to master the first time around – the legendary Kingston Town was beaten in his first four starts at the track including his third placing in the 1979 Caulfield Guineas – but in recent years Sydney colts The Autumn Sun (2018), Divine Prophet (2016), Press Statement (2015) and Shooting To Win (2014) had never raced the Melbourne way before winning the Caulfield Guineas. Of the Sydney colts in the Caulfield Guineas, only Ole Kirk has raced in Melbourne but both his starts there were at Flemington.
Sky Racing News Update: 8th October 2020
Sky Racing News Update: 8th October 2020.
Originally published asCummings’ Street corner tip for a Spring surprise
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