2014 Emirates Stakes Target for Aomen

The Anthony Cummings has confirmed that win or lose at Rosehill on Saturday his Hong Kong import Aomen would back-up on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington in the Emirates Stakes 2014.

Anthony Cummings trainer of Aomen

Trainer Anthony Cummings has Hong Kong import Aomen heading towards Melbourne’s 2014 Emirates Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The Shamardal six-year-old has had just the one start down under for Cummings since being brought over from Hong Kong.

That run saw him debut as a gelding with a win in an open 1400m handicap at Randwick lumping a hefty 60.5kg to a half-length victory over Monton on October 11.

This weekend Aomen runs again this time at Rosehill Gardens in the $85,000 Sydney Markets Filante Handicap (1500m) and goes up to 62kg.

The weight impost is a big one and a burden the team is not quite sure the horse can overcome.

However having pulled up well from his last start, and boasting a bucket load of class, stable rep Edward Cummings hoped he could overcome the weight.

“Really couldn’t have been any happier with how he came through it so very pleased in that regard,” Cummings told Racenet this week.

Making his assignment of remaining undefeated down under even tougher is that he faces the Ron Quinton-trained Monton once again, but with the latter holding a notable advantage.

Last time out Aomen gave 2.5kg away to the runner-up but still held on for the win.

For round two however Quinton has engaged the services of apprentice jockey Taylor Marshall so instead of the allocated 61.5kg weight, Monton will drop down to a hugely advantageous 48kg.

The markets at Ladbrokes.com.au on Rosehill Race 4 however still feature Aomen as the $3.60 favourite over Monton at a generous $4.60.

Back in Hong Kong and Singapore Aomen started 21 times for six wins under the guidance of John Size and was tested in Group company on just two occasions.

The best of those was a second to Military Attack in the Group 3 The Premier Plate (1800m) at Sha Tin with Sydney-based Tim Clark in the saddle in March last year.

Despite the galloper’s lack of experience in black-type racing, Cummings has him set for the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday November 8 and is confident he can be competitive in the feature.

“Regardless of what happens he’ll end up going to Melbourne for the Emirates (Stakes) because he’s clearly a good horse,” he said.

“He will have to learn how to do things that other way of going because he wouldn’t have seen too much of that being in Hong Kong.”

A bowed tendon saw Aomen spend over a year on the sidelines before his Australian debut and even with the Group 1 target looming, Cummings is unsure of just how many runs down under the horse has in him long-term.

“Obviously he’s had a fairly serious injury,” he said.

“At this point it’s just a matter of maintaining him as long as we can do that, he’ll do the rest.

“They’re a daily prospect those sorts of things.”

If all goes well in the Emirates Stakes and the horse is well then he could also press onto Perth during the summer carnival for the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 22.

Aomen is one of 67 Railway Stakes 2014 nominations taken with Cummings also entering Group 1 performer Drago and last start Kensington winner Spy Decoder.

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