Maestro horseman Bart Cummings is hoping Saturday’s 2014 Civic Stakes will see the career resurgence of former boom Singapore sprinter The Peak.
Cummings, 86, has been training in partnership with his grandson James for just over 12 months enjoying 42 wins for over $2.3 million in prize money.
“We’ve have a good first season,” Cummings told The Daily Telegraph this week.
“You can’t do it without the horses and James has had a heap of good horses offered to him and we’ve said we’ll take them on.”
While James, currently in Italy for his wedding to sweetheart Monica Barrera, isn’t there this weekend as the stable looks to add to that tally his grandfather is looking forward to the performance of The Peak at Rosehill.
“He’s going well,” Cummings said. “He’ll be fitter and he should run a good race.”
An Australian-bred Pendragon gelding, The Peak had one trial at Hawkesbury in April of 2011 before being purchased by Tan Boon Seng and sent to Singapore to race.
They had an excellent first season with trainer John Size winning three on the trot, and two of their four runs next time in.
After returning to Oz in the spring of 2013 however their form tailored off.
For Team Cummings The Peak has had eight starts for just one win, a Flemington handicap over 1410m in mid-December.
This year they have had two runs finishing sixth in both the Listed June Stakes (1100m) in the mud and the Winter Dash behind Oakfield Commands in the Winter Dash (1200m) at Randwick on June 21.
Now they race back in black-type company facing their last start conqueror in the $100,000 Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) on Saturday.
Civic Stakes betting markets are led by Grahame Begg’s Group 1 performing mare Bennetta ($3.80) while Gerald Ryan’s Winter Dash winner Oakfield Commands is also at single figures paying $8.50 to go back-to-back.
The Peak meanwhile can be found a little further down the Civic Stakes odds at $13.
They’ve drawn the inside alley (barrier one) with Jay Ford to ride, the third jockey in as many starts to partner the rising six-year-old who carries 55kg.
Even with a Civic Stakes win however The Peak is unlikely to feature in Cummings’ spring team this season.
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