A Passionate Farewell For James Cummings

A Passionate Farewell For James Cummings

 

The James Cummings-trained Burning Passion provided the late sire Northern Meteor with his 23rd stakes winner when he won the G3 WJ Healy Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.

 

The five-year-old delivered a farewell stakes win for the 29-year-old Cummings, who moves from public training to head trainer for Godolphin in Australia on July 8.

 

Fittingly Burning Passion boasts a Gooree Stud pedigree, that nursery being his biggest supporter since he became a trainer in his own right after the death of his grandfather Bart Cummings.

 

G1 winner Northern Meteor (Encosta De Lago) was one of best sprinters bred and raced by Gooree and was a raging success at stud before his early death from colic at Widden Stud in 2013 at the age of eight after four seasons at stud.

 

From four crops Northern Meteor has sired 23 stakes winners including the G1 winners, Romantic Touch, Cosmic Endeavour, Zoustar, Speak Fondly, Shooting To Win and Amanpour. His youngest remaining progeny are rising four-year-olds.

 

Burning Passion has been a credit to Cummings, winning three of his past four starts including his two starts at the Brisbane carnival.

 

Raced by a Darby Racing syndicate, Burning Passion is a brother to G1 JJ Atkins Stakes winner Romantic Touch from the family of G1 winners Desert War (Desert King) and Laser Hawk (Artie Schiller) – all trained by Gai Waterhouse for Gooree before Cummings became the main Australian trainer for Gooree owner Eduardo Cojuangco.

 

Cummings is married to Cojuangco’s granddaughter Monica. Cummings will have one more runner next week before taking over the Godolphin operation as the replacement for John O'Shea.

 

Burning Passion (Northern Meteor x Dearness by Snippets) was purchased last year from the Sydney Autumn Thoroughbred Sale as a tried horse for $24,000.

 

He has now six of his 21 starts with seven placings and has earned prize money of $421,430.

 

Burning Passion is one of six named foals out of juvenile winner Dearness (Snippets). His half-brother Romantic Touch was sold to Hong Kong after his JJ Atkins Stakes success and has since been placed in G2 company at Sha Tin.

 

Dearness is a three-quarter sister to Listed winner Actress (Snippets) and a half-sister to multiple G1 winner Desert War, Laser Hawk and stakes-placed Our Desert Warrior (Desert King) and Wookah (Encosta De Lago).

 

Actress is the second dam of Cummings’s recent stakes-placed sprinter Tactical Advantage (Bel Esprit).

 

Dearness has had five foals to race, all of whom have won, including A Little Prayer (Rock Of Gibraltar) who was bought by Darby Bloodstock for $36,000 in foal to Artie Schiller at this year’s Australian Broodmare Sale from the Gooree Park Stud draft.

 

She has has an unraced two-year-old filly by Fastnet Rock who was in training with Cummings and a yearling colt by Smart Missile.

 

She was covered by Exceed And Excel last spring.

 

Story by Chris Scholtz - AAP

26 June 2017

 

Read More: https://www.racingandsports.com.au/en/breeding/a-passionate-farewell-for-james-cummings-story-409717

 

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