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Randwick horseman Anthony Cummings may have lost his spring star with She’s A Fox in the paddock injured but he is still looking at an imposing team this season including 2012 Golden Rose bound Ninth Legion.
The only $1 million race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) is due to light up Rosehill Gardens on Saturday September 15 and Cummings is confident his Fastnet Rock colt Ninth Legion has what it takes to be competitive in the feature gallop.
A winner of their opening two career starts over 1100m and then 1400m during the winter, Ninth Legion stepped up to elite level company at just their third run.
While they didn’t finish in the money the then two-year-old was far from disgraced when finishing two and a half lengths away fifth to Sizzling in the Group 1 TJ Smith (1600m) up in Brisbane on June 9.
A short spell followed with Ninth Legion making their three-year-old debut on August 18 at Rosehill finishing fourth to the improving Snitzerland in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m).
They have now been nominated for Saturday’s $125,000 Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Warwick Farm with a decision pending as to their acceptance.
“With Ninth Legion I’ll have a chat with the Segenhoe team before making a definite decision,” Cummings said.
“I’ll see how he works in the morning and then who turns up in the race but he might already be looking for 1400 metres.”
If not the Run To The Rose Ninth Legion will be saved for the $100,000 Listed Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Warwick Farm Saturday week, which would see the youngster back up in the Golden Rose just seven days later.
“He won his second start 10 days after winning on debut and then he had seven days between that start and his run in the TJ Smith,” Cummings said.
“He’s got a really good constitution so going into the Golden Rose seven days from the Ming Dynasty shouldn’t be a problem.”
The Run To The Rose is one of the traditional lead up’s to the Golden Rose 2012, which is Ninth Legion’s first major target this time in.
Ninth Legion is currently rated a $15 chance in the futures Golden Rose odds at bookmaker.com.au, an equal price with fellow Run To The Rose nominee Epaulette from the stables of Peter Snowden.
Of course the focus on Saturday will be on two other colts with Gai Waterhouse’s unbeaten Golden Slipper champion Pierro to resume as the short priced favourite, and current Golden Rose betting top elect All Too Hard.
Cummings meanwhile has also nominated Your Song for The Run To The Rose 2012, the known wet tracker having won their two most recent runs over 1300m and 1400m on muddy Sydney tracks during June and July.
Also by Fastnet Rock like their stablemate Ninth Legion, Your Song is the current fifth favourite in Golden Rose markets at a quote of $12 and trials at Randwick today over 1050m.
“I’ve had the trial planned since he came back into the stable,” Cummings said.
“He’ll just cruise around on the bit but it should fit him up really well for Saturday.
“I’d say he’s about 80 per cent there now.”
Nominations for The Run To The Rose have been extended until 11am today after just nine hopefuls were entered on Monday.
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