WEDNESDAY: July 10, 2019: ANOTHER piece of history was added to the chapter of one of racing’s most famous families at Wellington yesterday.
Hawkesbury-based Edward Cummings, a fourth-generation trainer following in the footsteps of his great grandfather Jim, grandfather Bart and father Anthony, prepared his first winner since launching his own training career earlier in the year when Gin Runner ($6) edged out another $6 chance Golden Avenger in the 2YO Maiden Plate (1100m).
“I thought it might have come a bit sooner, but a win’s a win no matter where it is,” a delighted Cummings said this morning of his breakthrough success.
“I’m building my stable numbers, and things are going well. I started out with three horses and now have 11 in work and 20 on my books.
“I bought a few yearlings this year and the aim is to have 20 to 25 in work.”
It was fitting that Gin Runner, a son of Artie Schiller, was Cummings’ first winner in his own right. He came along at exactly the right time when he was planning to branch out after training jointly with his father for a number of years.
“Duncan Ramage had bought this colt at the Inglis Ready2Race sale at Warwick Farm last October (Lot 170 for $75,000), and I spoke with him about the possibility of getting some horses,” Cummings explained.
“He said that if I could sell this horse, I could train him and I was able to get some long-term friends to buy in.”
Gin Runner was Cummings’ first starter, in the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) at Canberra on March 10 and as an $18 chance finished seventh to his brother James’ Godolphin filly Pin Sec.
The colt was racing for only the third time yesterday and, with Ashley Morgan aboard, showed courage to prevail in a tight finish, with odds-on favorite Strapping Conquest ($1.80) missing a place.
Cummings has named his Hawkesbury stables Myrtle House – and there’s a good reason for it.
“Myrtle is the name of the horse my great grandfather Jim rode to victory in the 1910 Alice Springs Cup,” Cummings said.
“He subsequently moved to Adelaide and of course had a magnificent training career (including winning the 1950 Melbourne Cup with Comic Court with 59kg).”
Cummings’ victory with Gin Runner capped a wonderful few weeks for he and his wife Sarah.
The couple welcomed their first child, son Jude, in late May.
“Racing is all about timing, and I probably could not have branched out on my own if our first son had been born any earlier,” he said.
“It has all worked out well.”
. HOOFNOTE: Edward Cummings might have just started his own training career, but can already boast that he has something over his brother James and grandfather Bart.
Gin Runner was his first starter at Wellington, whereas Bart had six starters at the track for two placings and James has had one there for a placing. Dad Anthony (who also won a race at Newcastle yesterday with Emerald Earth) has never started a horse at Wellington.