Shadows In The Sun hasn’t won since May 2011 but trainer Anthony Cummings believes he is well poised to return to the winner’s circle in the Listed 2013 Australia Day Cup (2400m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
The five-year-old is one of 14 horses in the Australia Day Cup field which will be just his second start at 2400m or more since taking out the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) in 2011.
He was unplaced in the Queensland Derby in that same campaign but has not been tested over a genuine staying trip since.
The Dane Shadow gelding has improved in each of his past three starts and showed the appreciated for the extra distance when fourth in the Tattersall’s Club Cup (2000m) on New Year’s Day.
Cummings is hoping the long trip combined with a perfect barrier five position can see him add a fourth career win in what will be his 28th start on Saturday.
“He’s probably going to get the run of the race,” Cummings told AAP.
“The step up to the mile-and-a-half will be in his favour…he’s getting back to his right form and it was a very good run last time.”
In an open Australia Cup betting market, Shadows In The Sun is currently a $12 chance.
Gai Waterhouse pair Reuben Percival ($4.20) and Travolta ($5.50) head the market after finishing second and third respectively in the Godford Cup.
In other news coming out of the Cummings stable, exciting filly She’s A Fox has been in work three weeks but won’t return until later in the autumn.
The winner of three of four starts had her spring cut short before it got a chance to get going due to injury after winning the Listed Rosebud by 3 1/2 lengths in August.
Cummings said there is a possibility she could run in the Group 1 2013 Galaxy.
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