Talented three-year-old Metallic Crown has continued his impressive career start at Royal Randwick this afternoon; leading from start to finish to take out the Group 3 JB Cummings Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m).
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Jim Cassidy allowed Metallic Crown to stride forward and take a position at the fore of the field of nine; setting a noticeably quick tempo alongside the likes of Voilier and Tap This towards the turn.
Hugging the rails and ensuring the Ming Dynasty Quality was contested at a fast pace, the Northern Meteor colt was offered a clear racing line upon arriving on the final straight and continued to find; producing an impressive late kick when it appeared he would be swallowed up by the chasing group to post a second-consecutive win.
Trainer Chris Waller was pleased with Metallic Crown’s performance for success in the 2015 Ming Dynasty Quality but revealed he is yet to settle on a major target for the horse this time.
“There was plenty of dangers there but the last 50 metres he actually came away from them,” Waller said.
“Today’s race he looked beaten but really picked up off the canvas and found strong.
“These Northern Meteor’s just keep improving and especially in a nice horse like him – there’s plenty of similarities between him and a horse like Zoustar.
“Winning is the most important thing and then you can find realistic targets. If you’re not winning, you can’t.”
Cassidy delivered a smart ride aboard Metallic Crown in the Ming Dynasty Quality and was quick to lay all the praise on the three-year-old for the success.
“He’s a nice, quality horse this,”
“I liked his win at Warwick Farm a fortnight ago and I liked his run first-up.
“He’s a Northern Meteor and he gives me a good feel. He’s still a bit babyish but a good effort to come from a mid-week to Saturday.
“He showed good determination and wanted to win and he’s still pretty inexperienced, so it’s a good sign.”
In taking out the 2015 Ming Dynasty Quality, Metallic Crown has extended his record to two wins and two minors through four competitive starts.