Australia: A Prized win for James Cummings

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James Cummings is a grandson of the legendary Bart Cummings (pictured)

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Report: Australia

Randwick: Champagne Stakes (Group 1) 1m, turf, 2yo

A LANDMARK moment in Sydney as trainer James Cummings, grandson of the legendary Bart Cummings, saddled his first Group 1 winner in his own right via Prized Icon (Glyn Schofield).

Cummings was asked what Bart might have said in the aftermath of such a significant win.

“I know what Bart would say if he was alive,” said James, speaking to Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. “He would say look to the future, self-praise is no recommendation so you have said enough!”

Returning quickly after winning a handicap last week, 3-1 favourite Prized Icon proved the superior stayer over an extended distance for two-year-olds, sitting in second place before drawing away in the final 200 metres for a decisive win.

Cummings trained in partnership with Bart Cummings until his grandfather’s death and together they won the Golden Rose and Randwick Guineas with Hallowed Crown.

Also on Saturday

Randwick: All Aged Stakes (Group 1) 7f, turf, 2yo+

She left it late but Gai Waterhouse ensured she made it 18 years in a row with a Group 1 success at the autumn carnival as she landed the final top-level contest of the Sydney season with 5-1 cahnce English (Sam Clipperton).

“She is top class – she is the best three-year-old filly in Australia,” Waterhouse told AAP Racing. “To take on the older horses and beat them shows that.”

 

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