Cummings Confirms High Midnight for 2015 Queensland Derby

After a close win in the wet at home in Sydney over the weekend co-trainer James Cummings has confirmed plays to head to Brisbane for Saturday week’s Queensland Derby 2015 with the in-form High Midnight.

High Midnight

High Midnight is 2015 Queensland Derby bound for Bart & James Cummings after two tough wins in the Sydney wet. Photo: Steve Hart.

Training in partnership with his Hall of Fame grandfather Bart, Cummings is confident the stable’s High Chaparral gelding High Midnight can be competitive at Doomben Racecourse on June 6 in the $600,000 Group 1 Channel 7 Queensland Derby (2200m) as part of the Stradbroke Handicap Day action.

To date High Midnight has had six starts and his hat-trick of wins takes his winning strike rate to 50%.

Fourth behind Hi World in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Royal Randwick on April 18 during The Championships, the galloper improved when stepped down in class to beat home Rustic Melody in a Benchmark 75 over 1900m at Rosehill on May 9.

He then backed up last Saturday at Randwick in the mud and saluted on a Heavy (10) track to defeat Rye by a nose in a Benchmark 73, a victory that confirmed his Queensland Derby bid.

“High Midnight will run in the Derby after a couple of tough wins,” Cummings told The Sydney Morning Herald.

There are currently still 119 three-year-olds nominated for the Queensland Derby this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the favourite of which in the all-in odds at paying $4.60 for the win is Master Of Arts.

Darren Weir’s grey Mastercraftsman colt won over 2000m at Caulfield at the start of May and then finished an eye-catching third behind Upham in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2020m) at Doomben last Saturday.

The other single figure hopes in the latest Queensland Derby betting markets are Chris Waller’s Rough Habit Plate champ Sadler’s Lake ($7) who ran fifth as the beaten favourite in the Grand Prix over the weekend, stablemate Winx ($7) who is short-priced favourite to win the 2015 Queensland Oaks this Saturday and the Peter Moody-trained Grand Prix winner Upham ($8).

High Midnight meanwhile can be found at a more generous $17 to take out the Derby in an upset, an equal price with Waller’s other Oaks hope Ballet Suite, the Mark Kavanagh-trained SA Derby fourth placed Magicool, Waller’s Grand Prix runner-up Redoutable Heart, the Pat Carey-trained Spur On Gold, in-form Kiwi filly Werther who ran second in the SA Derby over 2500m from May 9 and the Sunshine Coast’s Group 3 winning Choisir colt Worthy Cause.

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