Bart Cummings Seeks 10th VRC Oaks With Gliding

By: Sarah Fortnum
November 2nd, 2011

Legendary trainer Bart Cummings will line up his promising young filly Gliding in tomorrow’s VRC Oaks at Flemington in the hope of securing the race for the tenth time.

Gliding, who finished fourth in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes last start, will be one of just 11 three-year-olds in the $1 million race.

Jockey Darren Beadman has been given the job of steering Gliding to victory, but is concerned that she may put herself out of the race by overracing.

“She is drawn wide in a small field and I just have to see how she is before the race going into the barriers,” Beadman said.

“If she is nice and calm it gives me a few options, but if she is a bit wired she might have to race a little bit more forward.”

Beadman believes Gliding will have no problem getting to 2,500 metres for the first time in her young career.

“To me she will get the trip and it is just a just matter of whether I can switch her off,” Beadman said.

“She is still learning but if I can get her in a rhythm I don’t think she will pull as hard.

“I just don’t want to be dictated to by other runners and have to change course or speed because she doesn’t really understand that.”

The Flying Spur filly has won one of her seven race starts and has earned close to $100,000 in prize money.

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