Trainer Anthony Cummings is looking forward to the 1600m of the Group 1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm for Prince Fawaz after the Fastnet Rock colt easily dealt to the field in the $125,000, Supporterhub Handicap (1400m) for two-year-old’s at Randwick on Saturday.
Cummings is never afraid to test his charges and back on April 20th he sent Prince Fawaz into the Group 1 Champagne Stakes over 1600m at Randwick off a fifth over 1200m at Gosford on debut. The result was a creditable fifth, 4L from the more experienced winner Castelvecchio, after being seventh at the 400m.
A third followed over 1400m at Newcastle on May 7th, this time after being 12th at the 400m. Blinkers were applied for Saturday and with all the attention on the well-backed $1.70 favourite Reloaded, also on trial for the JJ Atkins, Adam Hyeronimus was content to settled back in seventh from barrier eight.
Up front Discharged and Sam Clipperton led the field across the High Street side and into the turn for the run home. Behind there was a scrimmage when Jason Collett angled Reloaded out and this caused a chain reaction pushing the outside runners further out. This included Prince Fawaz and Hyeronimus who ended up the widest of all in the middle of the track.
Hyeronimus patiently re-balanced Prince Fawaz while the centre of attention was on the inside group and Reloaded in particular. From the 200m Prince Fawaz made up considerable ground lengthening well and just as Reloaded emerged from his group Prince Fawz swept past at the 50m going away to a good 1 1/4L win.
Reloaded (Snitzel) and Collett were second with 1L to Sea Of Life (Sebring) and Tim Clark. Bacchus was a closing fourth.
The time was 1.22.10 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 34.72. Prince Fawaz paid $8.00 on fixed odds and $8.10 on the tote. TAB.com.au firmed Prince Fawaz from $15.00 into $4.50 for the JJ Atkins on June 9th.
Prince Fawaz and Adam Hyeronimus out in the middle, picture Stevehart.com.au
“Today he got himself into a competitive position out of the gate, the first time he has drawn anything like a reasonable gate and even though he was interfered with on the turn and put off balance had had to go back and regather, he still had plenty of time to win. In the finish it was a reasonably soft win ,” said Cummings.
“I put a bit of pressure on him in the early part giving him a shot at the Champagne second up, while he was ready for the mile that day it was certainly not run to suit running a track record time which is what they did.
“But he learnt from that and that sort of environment does help them. There was an error from Tommy at the race at Newcastle, he put his hand up and I am just repeating what he said and I did not argue. But an error there with a very, very good run and today error free although getting into a bit of trouble as the race unfolded but he was able to show himself properly,” he said.
“He is a very nice horse and he showed that from Day Dot. It was a good run first time out and he went straight into the mile, the Group 1, and he ran a really good race, so he has being showing it the whole way through,” said Hyeronimus.
“He jumped good and he got into a nice spot and we came back. He is a pretty cruisy horse, he does what he has to. The blinkers helped him and he does not fire up and it helps to keep him focused through the race.
“I just waited and I had to make my run and it was not taking me anywhere and I got scooted off on the turn. It just showed the quality of the horse, he picked himself up and within 100m he had the race won and he ran home in sharp sectionals,” he said.
Prince Fawaz, bred by Gerry Harvey out of the Testa Rossa mare Lady Paget, has now earned stakes of $97,950 for his trip north and connections including Cummings and the Fawaz syndicate and Jw Rpm and Pjm Kelly managed by JW Kelly.
Prince Fawaz, picture Sportpix.com.au