Undefeated colt Hallowed Crown is being prepared for an ambitious spring campaign by the mighty Bart Cummings and grandson James including a possible Caulfield Guineas 2014 run in October.
The Gooree Stud-owned Street Sense colt is one of a promising contingent of gallopers heading towards their spring returns for Team Cummings, headed by 86-year-old ‘Cups King’ Bart.
He boasts 266 Group 1 wins to date and isn’t slowing down any time soon when it comes to elite level racing.
He’s been in operation alongside James Cummings for 12 months now and while the duo’s winners have amassed over $2.3 million in prize money, a Group 1 win has so far eluded them.
That’s something they’ll be out to change over the coming months with a host of exciting prospects targeting the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors.
One of the lesser known gallopers in line for a big season is rising three-year-old Hallowed Crown.
The up-and-comer has won both of their starts so far, a win at Randwick’s Kensington track over 1150m on debut on March 26 followed by an 1100m win in the wet at the course proper 17 days later.
They are already a black-type winner too with their last start on April 12 being in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes.
They made good ground early with Christian Reith aboard that day leading from the 200m mark and proving too strong when defeating runner-up Washington Heights by one and a quarter lengths.
Cummings is pleased with their progress since then and believes them a nicely-bred type capable of a good second season on the turf.
“He’s a nice horse, goes OK,” he told The Daily Telegraph this week.
“Gooree has sent some of their mares to good stallions and it has worked.”
They’ll be set for the major middle distance races for their age starting with a Sydney target on September 13 in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens.
From there they’re a chance to head to Melbourne for the classic $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), this year’s edition of the mile feature taking place at Caulfield Racecourse on October 11 on the same day as the fillies’ Thousand Guineas.
Futures Caulfield Guineas betting markets are already open and going off at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Odds are led by Gai Waterhouse’s JJ Atkins winner Almalad who is already proven at the top level and over the 1600m.
Hallowed Crown is yet to be priced but if they return with some nice early form they will soon be in the mix.
Also on the spring Group 1 path for Cummings are the likes of 2014 Cox Plate hope Norzita who missed out on last year’s weight-for-age classic due to a tendon injury and progressive filly Epsom Handicap-bound filly Shamalia.
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