Arctic Flight Wins 2013 Dark Jewel Classic – Anthony Cummings Firing

Four-year-old mare Arctic Flight continued a huge day for Anthony Cummings when winning the Listed 2013 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone today.

Arctic Flight (red) held on for a tight Dark Jewel Classic win. Photo: Steve Hart.

Cummings had trained two of the previous five winners and a tough run from Arctic Flight made it three from six.

Peter Robl had the daughter of Flying Spur in the lead a long way from home and she showed plenty of fight to hold off Pipette and Miss Stellabelle.

It was Arctic Flight’s first black-type win but she will get the chance to add plenty more big races to her resume.

Cummings will take the mare to Brisbane where she will eventually get a crack at Group 1 level in the 2013 Tattersall’s Tiara in late June.

“This mare’s really improved in the time she’s been in the stable,” Cummings said.

“There’s a mares’ race over 1350m [in Queensland] that will really suit and then she will go to the Tatt’s Tiara.”

Robl said Arctic Flight still had plenty in the tank despite being in front from early in the race.

“She had very good form leading into the race and she got the right run in front,” Robl said.

“I let them get to me…when I really asked she found that half a length and it was enough.”

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Dark Jewel Classic 2013 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 5 ARCTIC FLIGHT Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 12 54kg $11
2 7 PIPETTE (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 0.2L 9 54kg $8
3 1 MISS STELLABELLE Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 0.6L 5 58kg $6F
4 6 CITY OF SONG Bjorn Baker Brenton Avdulla 0.7L 11 54kg $8.50
5 19 MYAMIRA Rodney Northam Greg Ryan 1.4L 13 54kg $101
6 10 NEW BEGINNING John P Thompson James McDonald 1.5L 8 54kg $15
7 13 CRADLE ME David Pfieffer Sam Clipperton (a) 1.9L 3 54kg $15
8 3 SOFT SAND Paul Messara Blake Shinn 2L 6 56kg $11
9 4 ANGEL OF MERCY Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 2.8L 14 54.5kg $12
10 12 PLUCKY BELLE Peter G Moody Joshua Parr 3L 7 54kg $7.50
11 2 SHANNARA Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3.2L 2 57kg $8.50
12 16 ANETO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 3.3L 16 54kg $61
13 14 WHITESAILS Brett Dodson Matthew Bennett 3.5L 15 54kg $26
14 9 FORFEITURE Peter Snowden Christian Reith 4.8L 10 54kg $31
15 17 WHO’S READY Alan Scorse Ms Kathy O’Hara 4.9L 1 54kg $101
16 11 HOLY MOLY (NZ) John Sargent Nathan Berry 5L 4 54kg $41