Canterbury two year old maiden winner Gongs will be set for a Golden Slipper campaign following her brilliant five and a half lengths victory over the fillies yesterday.
Gongs also showed signs of inexperience as well as brilliance by bumping the running rail in the straight but trainer James Cummings has no doubt that she has plenty of improvement left in her in the run up to the Group 1 $3.5m Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill next Autumn.
“You love to see a two-year-old that can begin like that and show brilliant speed after two or three strides to lead comfortably,” Cummings told AAP.
“She was just in a different postcode. She’s an exciting filly for the team and I think we might be able to find a nice race for her next year.”
Winning jockey Brenton Avdulla was also very impressed with Gongs’ winning debut and agreed with Cummings that there is still plenty of improvement to come for the Dawn Approach filly.
“She’s nowhere near where she’s going to be. She just wasn’t a hundred per cent sure how to come off the bridle but her best work was her last furlong,” Avdulla said.
Cummings already has his eye on the Golden Slipper with Exceed And Excel colt Dynamited who also scored on debut over 1100m at Rosehill on November 11.