A good performance by Missy Cummings in the $500,000 Inglis 3yo Guineas (1400m) at Scone tomorrow could see the Anthony Cummings trained filly heading to Brisbane for the remainder of the Winter Carnival.
Cummings is not frightened to test the waters with his promising young horses as he showed last week when his smart colt Your Song ploughed through the mud to take out the Group 1 $400,000 Bundaberg Distilling Co. BTC Cup (1200m) at Eagle Farm.
Missy Cummings has been posted the early favourite for the Scone 3yo Guineas after an undefeated run from three starts, the latest in listed company in the $100,000 Sharp James H B Carr (1400m) on April 27.
Cummings is confident the improving Miss Cummings is up to Group company and is keen to strike while she is in winning form.
“We’re looking at the Queensland Guineas or the Stradbroke with her and then the Tattersall’s Tiara,” Cummings said.
“She looks to have the ability to be up to it and she is enjoying racing so there is no reason to wait.”
“The races are there and one of the unfortunate sides of thoroughbred racing is their life can be short so I think you are entitled to try and make hay while the sun shines.”
The Group 2 $350,000 Sky Racing Queensland Guineas (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 1 looks an ideal race for the Magnus filly and a win in that would exempt her from the Stradbroke Handicap ballot.
The Group 1 $1.36m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) is run the following week at Eagle Farm but the Group 1 $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 22 for fillies and mares looks a better option.
Peter Robl will once again team up with Cummings at Scone following their Group 1 win in Brisbane with the top Sydney jockey going for his fourth win on Missy Cummings.
Missy Cummings was able to take the step up from her first two wins at Wyong and handled the class rise easily for her Randwick win and Cummings expects her to rise to the occasion again.
“She looks a reasonable chance and she has drawn well again so it would be a nice result to go to Scone and see her win,” Cummings said.
“She’ll probably get a similar sort of run from barrier three and that should help her get the job done.”
The fillies dominate the betting for the Guineas with Missy Cummings heading the market at $3.50 in front of the Gerald Ryan trained Flying Snitzel at $5.
Gai Waterhouse’s colt Ashokan and the Team Hawkes trained Ninth Legion are next in the betting at $8.