Cummings in the Shadows of a Derby Double

June 11, 2011

Cummings in the Shadows of a Derby Double

Sydney trainer and son of the legendary Bart Cummings, Anthony Cummings remains confident that his SA Derby winner Shadows In The Sun can return to form with an upset in the Queensland Derby today.

Shadows In The Sun

Shadows In The Sun will attempt to win the South Australia / Queensland Derby double

Dane Shadow gelding Shadows In The Sun claimed a strong three-quarter length win in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) at Morphettville on May 8.

At their next start, however, Shadows In The Sun ran a disappointing fifth beaten eight lengths by winner Scenic Shot in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) suffering a minor injury during the run.

“I’m not sure what happened but something went wrong when Tim Clark left the fence,” Cummings said of the Doomben Cup run.

“He had a few aches and pains for a few days following the race but everything has settled down now.”

Twelve months ago on last year’s Stradbroke Handicap Day, Shadows In The Sun ran a brave fourth in the TJ Smith and Cummings is hoping for another big Eagle Farm run from them today in the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

“He’s back on track and has been working well since he pulled up sore behind following the Doomben Cup,” Cummings confirmed yesterday.

Originally drawn in barrier nine, Shadows In The Sun and hot-property jockey Tim Clark will come into gate seven with the early Queensland Derby scratchings, the horse rated a $16 shot.

“He’s had a better preparation for the Derby than the Doomben Cup,” Cummings said.

“When he ran in the Doomben Cup he was coming back in distance from 2500 metres and had to overcome the trip up from Adelaide and then pulled up sore behind.

“I thought there was a fair bit of merit in his Doomben Cup performance.”

While the obvious Derby danger is Doomben Cup fourth placegetter and favourite today, the Graeme Rogerson-trained Shootoff, Cummings has warned punters not to write Shadows In The Sun off just yet.

“He (Shootoff) looks the one to beat but he’s quite beatable,” Cummings said.

Doing his best work on a firm track, the current Good (3) rating of the course proper at Eagle Farm will work in Shadows In The Sun’s favour and Cummings has his fingers crossed the pending showers stay away until after the Derby showdown at 3:00pm (AEST) this afternoon.

“All we need is a dry track,” Cummings said.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field & Odds Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Despite a last start failure in the Melbourne Cup the Godolphin-raced Avilius...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oli...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020:...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020: Personal Wins The Oaks

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day continues the racing action of the Melbourne Cup...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Fleming...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Flemington Racecourse...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Australian Cup Odds Firm ...

Randwick Guineas Target for Un...

Randwick Guineas Target for Unbeaten Hobartville Stakes 2021 Winner Aegon

Undefeated Kiwi raider Aegon stamped himself as a proper racehorse in his down...

Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 Resul...

Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 Results: Artorius Scores Upset Win

The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Flying Artie colt Artorius was able to...

2021 Futurity Stakes Winner Pr...

2021 Futurity Stakes Winner Probabeel Beats Arcadia Queen Ahead of All-Star Mile

Two brilliant mares battled it out in an outstanding edition of the 2021...

Silver Slipper Stakes Results:...

Silver Slipper Stakes Results: Winner Home Affairs Firms in Golden Slipper Betting

Home Affairs is into the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) next month...

Race Results

2021 Australian Cup Odds Firm on Peter Young Winner Paradee

2021 Oakleigh Plate Results: Portland Sky, Celebrity Queen Win in Dead Heat

Randwick Guineas Target for Unbeaten Hobartville Stakes 2021 Winner Aegon

Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 Results: Artorius Scores Upset Win

2021 Futurity Stakes Winner Probabeel Beats Arcadia Queen Ahead of All-Star Mile

Race Previews

2021 Australian Guineas Field & Betting: Zou Dancer Takes On Tagaloa

Dame Giselle Favourite in Bumper 2021 Surround Stakes Field & Betting Market

2021 Chipping Norton Stakes Field & Odds: Verry Elleegant Tipped to Beat Colette

Arcadia Queen Heads 2021 All-Star Mile Top 10 Voted Horses

2021 Hobartville Stakes Field & Betting Update: Aegon, Peltzer Battle For Top Spot

Fields & Form

2021 Australian Guineas Field & Betting: Zou Dancer Takes On Tagaloa

Dame Giselle Favourite in Bumper 2021 Surround Stakes Field & Betting Market

2021 Chipping Norton Stakes Field & Odds: Verry Elleegant Tipped to Beat Colette

2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Day: Caulfield Scratchings & Track Report

2021 Hobartville Stakes Field & Betting Update: Aegon, Peltzer Battle For Top Spot