SUNDAY: December 1, 2019: EDWARD Cummings won family “bragging rights” over brother James at Newcastle today.
Hawkesbury-based Cummings, who decided to take out his own licence in March after sharing a training partnership with his father Anthony at Royal Randwick, landed his first winner this season when debutante Sunborn ($2.80 favorite) gamely won the 2YO Maiden Plate (900m).
James Cummings, head trainer for Godolphin’s huge Australian operation, couldn’t repeat his brother’s success when odds-on favorite Jana ($1.60) could not catch front-runner Chiselhurst ($15) in the following race, the Maiden Handicap (1300m).
Edward Cummings called on the experience of senior jockey Glyn Schofield to get his first full season of training off to a successful start.
Schofield partnered Sunborn when fourth in a 900m Randwick trial last Tuesday, and it proved an advantage as the expatriate South African got the best out of her in the closing stages to edge out his ex-countryman Keagan Latham on Tudor Magic ($4.80), who had made a bold bid for victory.
Cummings went to $58,000 to secure the daughter of Casino Prince at the Inglis Classic yearling sale at the beginning of the year.
Interestingly, her dam Honeymoon Cruise (by Fastnet Rock) was prepared by his father Anthony, and had only three starts (two in Victoria and the other at Hawkesbury) in 2012-13 before being retired.
Honeymoon Cruise is a half-sister to star Hong Kong sprinter Mr Stunning, who on Sunday will be attempting to win his third consecutive Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin’s International meeting.
Sunborn today was Cummings’ 23rd runner for his second winner, along with four minor placings. He notched his first win at Wellington on July 9 with Gin Runner (also in a 2YO Maiden Plate, 1100m), who was his 10th starter at that time.
Understandably pleased with Sunborn’s victory, Cummings believes she has a nice future.
“She was quite green and is still immature but got the job done, so it was a good result for the owners and all concerned at the stable,” he said.
“I’m confident she will take great improvement from that run, and will definitely appreciate further.”
. Fifth generation trainer Cummings calls his business Myrtle House in honour of his late great grandfather Jim, who rode Myrtle to victory in the 1910 Alice Springs Cup.
Jim Cummings later moved to Adelaide to begin a successful training career; his most important success being the 1950 Melbourne Cup with Comic Court (Pat Glennon). Jim’s famous son J.B (Bart) subsequently won Australia’s great race a remarkable 12 times.