Cummings brings up treble with last Sydney runners

 

Godolphin trainer-in-waiting James Cummings recorded his first ever treble at a rain-soaked Canterbury on Wednesday.

 

 

In what was the Randwick trainer's final Sydney meeting before officially taking up his post at Godolphin on July 8, Envy Of All, Word Games and Passage Of Time combined to give Cummings a trio of winners by the fourth race.

 

Envy Of All ($3.40) opened Cummings' account when taking out the opening event – the Casino Prince @ Vinery Handicap (1100m) – with a minimum of fuss, scoring by 2-1/4 lengths under Glyn Schofield.

 

The two-year-old daughter of Your Song had finished in the placings at each of her previous three career starts so the maiden-breaking win was certainly overdue.

 

"We were tempted to tip her out actually after she was beaten as a short priced favourite last start," Cummings said.

 

"But she had a bit of a torrid ride on the float here last time and that probably unsettled her a little bit.

 

"Everything went well for her today, she was much more relaxed in the parade ring and was able to put them away with match fitness on her side and a bit of class."

 

Thirty-five minutes later three-year-old filly Word Games ($2.90 fav) came back 450 metres in trip in the space of eight days to win the TAB.com.au Plate (1550m). Brenton Avdulla ensured the three-year-old filly didn't have to go around a horse on her way to a half-length victory.

 

"I watched the mile and a quarter run with Duncan Ramage at Hawkesbury and we decided that she still had the sharpness to be coming back in distance and running very well," Cummings said.

 

"She had the rail to follow today whereas at Hawkesbury she had to make her run down the outside fence which is pretty hard for an inexperienced filly like her to do.

 

"She's a half-sister to Fiveandahalfstar (VRC Derby & BMW winner) so that metropolitan win on the board is very important."

 

Then in the fourth race – the TAB Handicap (1250m) – Passage Of Time ($3.20 fav) completed Cummings' treble with a bold front-running performance in driving rain and thunder. The son of Northern Meteor staved off a wave of challengers to scrape in by a half neck.

 

"He's a beautiful brute of a horse and been able to withstand, not just a long lay-off, but remained a 600kg colt for the large part of his two and three-year-old life and he's still managed to bag two wins in his first-preparation," Cummings said.

 

While Cummings has saddled up his last Sydney runners as independent trainer for Leilani Lodge, he will be represented by Tactical Advantage, Smart Amelia, and Savvan at Doomben's Stradbroke Handicap meeting this Saturday.

 

Story by Tom Walter - Racenet

7 June 2017

 

Read more: https://www.racenet.com.au/news/134775/Cummings-brings-up-treble-with-last-Sydney-runners

 

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