James Cummings will resort to a Listed Melbourne run at Flemington this Saturday if the rain comes down in Sydney ruining the top three chances of his colt Good Standing in the 2016 Golden Rose Stakes.
Fourteen final acceptances were taken by Racing NSW on Tuesday for this year’s $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens including Cummings’ progressive son of Artie Schiller Good Standing.
The galloper has won just one of his five starts to date in Sydney in February’s Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) as a two-year-old.
He went on to post two unplaced Group 1 runs in the autumn when 10th to Capitalist in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) and fifth to Yankee Rose in the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ (1400m).
First-up at Rosehill he ran worse than mid-field when beaten 6.5 lengths by the John O’Shea-trained winner Astern in the Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m), the traditional Golden Rose lead-up run on a Soft (7) track.
Astern is now the $3.80 second favourite behind the Chris Waller-trained filly Omei Sword ($3.50) at Ladbrokes.com.au to complete the Run To The Rose – Golden Rose double for the third year on the trot and second straight for O’Shea who did it 12 months ago with Exosphere (2015).
Good Standing meanwhile is one of the roughie hopes in Golden Rose Stakes betting at $51 to hand Cummings his first success on his own after his 2014 win with Hallowed Crown in partnership with his late great grandfather Bart Cummings.
Glyn Schofield, who rode Manawanui (2011) to victory in the Golden Rose, is booked to continue his association with Good Standing in Sydney on Saturday should the weather stay good.
Cummings said Good Standing simply didn’t handle the going in the Run To The Rose and also has him entered as a ‘Plan B’ Flemington run on Makybe Diva Stakes Day in the $120,000 Listed Pin & Win Stakes (1400m) just in case.
“If the rain comes, I don’t want to run him on another wet track at this stage of his career,” he told Racenet.
“He has to turn around a six-length defeat and Glyn [Schofield] told me ‘his wheels were spinning’ [first-up].
“That’s not the environment I want to be putting the blinkers on him and stepping him up in trip.
“I know he’s a better colt that what he showed first-up.
“I’ve just got to sit and wait to see what happens with the weather later in the week.
“The Golden Rose is worth more than a million to these colts. It’s an eight to $10 million race [for future stallions].”
Good Standing worked the Melbourne way of going on Tuesday over 1200m and Cummings said even if he races in Sydney on Saturday, the gallop would help him ahead of his October 8 target in the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Victoria.
“I’d always planned to working anti-clockwise,” Cummings said.
“He needs the practice. He’s heading to Melbourne for the Guineas.
“His work was strong but he was still a bit green.”
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