Cummings Surges Ahead to Victoria Derby 2013

The 2013 Victoria Derby at Flemington this Melbourne Cup Carnival is still on the cards for Anthony Cummings’ progressive young stayer Surge Ahead after their good win in Sydney on the weekend.

The Danehill Dancer gelding retained their undefeated status backing up from a win on debut at Kembla Grange at the start of the month to win at Warwick Farm yesterday.

While Cummings had a frustrating weekend around the tracks with the likes of Cluster (third to Divine Calling) and Drago (third to Complacent) regulated to minor placings in the Stutt Stakes and Gloaming Stakes respectively, Surge Ahead was able to give the trainer one of his two victories at the Sunday meet.

Ridden by Jason Collett who replaced the gelding’s original jockey Peter Robl for the ride, the horse scored a half length win over Bernabeu in the $40,000 Become An ATC Sponsor NMW Handicap (1300m).

“Mentally he was a lot tougher today and he did a really good job,” Cummings said on Sunday according to AAP.

“When he lengthened he looked very good and it gives you some hope towards the better races.”

Cummings is now eyeing bigger things for Surge Ahead in Victoria this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with their big end of prep aim being the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Handicap (2500m) on Saturday November 2.

Futures Victoria Derby betting markets at the online bookies around the country are paying around $6 for the favourite Savvy Nature who ran second in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Surge Ahead meanwhile is further down the odds at a quote of $41.

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