Metropolitan 2012 On Cards for Brave The Way

Anthony Cummings has outlined the Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) as a possible spring target for a new stable addition Brave The Way after he impressed when winning over 2400 metres at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Formerly trained by Alan Bailey in Queensland, the son of Falbrav joined Cummings’ team earlier this year and has recorded two wins from as many starts under the Randwick trainer.

Cummings said he is still working out the ideal spring approach for the rising six-year-old but suggested the Newcastle Cup and The Metropolitan could be suitable options.

“Certainly the Newcastle Cup and The Metropolitan loom large now on his calendar,” Cummings said.

With Peter Robl in the saddle, Brave The Way was held in the back half of the field for the majority of the staying test but was allowed to creep up at the 600 metre mark before attaining the lead with 200 metres to go.

From that moment on the promising stayer had the race wrapped up, finishing nicely to score a 1 1/2 length victory ahead of Shawnee Girl.

Cummings praised the work of previous trainer Bailey for who Brave The Way recorded six victories from 32 starts.

“He came to my place in very good condition,” Cummings said.

“Alan had done a great job with him and I’ve just been lucky enough to reap the benefits of a very good grounding.”

Jockey Robl was confident the experienced gelding would claim victory after making his move with 600 metres to go.

“I got up there, put some pressure on them and pretty much went straight past them,” Robl said.

It was a highly successful day for the Cummings-Robl combination who also saw She’s A Fox shoot into Golden Rose contention with a dominant four-length win in the Optus Sprint.

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