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.
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 Ladbrokes.com.au 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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