It was a Cummings victory in the $200,000, Group 3 TAB Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday, this time however it was Edward Cummings with his first black type win training in his own right with Duais under Hugh Bowman.
Duais and Bowman provided Cummings with his first metropolitan win when they won at Warwick Farm over 1600m on March 31st and they stepped out again successfully at the higher level in the three-year-old fillies lead up to the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) next week.
The race changed complexion very quickly once Bowman had nicely worked Duais into the clear from a mid-field position. He followed Chequerboard and James McDonald through out in the middle field from the 400m and they were ready to challenge from the 300m. Then with 200m to travel they left the rest behind and went away to acclaim from connections and trainer.
Duais (55.5kg) and Bowman had as 1/2L margin on Bargain (NZ) (Ocean Park) (53kg) and Robbie Dolan with 1 1/4L to the $4.60 favourite Flexible (Hallow Crown) (57kg) and Tommy Berry, the latter trained by Edward’s brother James.
The time was 2.06.32 on the Soft 7 track with the final 600m in 36.27. Duais paid $5.00 on fixed odds and $4.20 on the tote.
Duais and High Bowman on charge, picture Sportpix.com.au
“It is a lot of hard work come to fruition, we have being working very, very hard the last two years. She has always been earmarked a filly with a bright future. It is interesting her half-sister Baccarat Baby started winning nice races just after she arrived at the stable. So, naturally the pressure was amped up a little bit more after that,” said Cummings
“But we were very thankful for the opportunity to potentially have a filly that could do something similar. And it is really nice that we have been able to set a goal, set a plan for her and thus far it has all come off,” he said.
Cummings was cautious about going forward to the Oaks.
“I will look forward to it after Tuesday morning. If we get through Tuesday morning work and can see how she is, but all things going well she will be here in seven days’ time and run a really nice race,” he said.
“She put the writing on the wall last start at Warwick Farm. I know it was only mid-week company but the feel she gave me, back the three-year-old filly company over this trip, she was going to eat it up,” said Bowman.
“She is going to make her presence felt in the Oaks next week if that is where they decide to go. She has got staying filly written all over her. She is strong, she can stay, she settled well today, she joined in when I asked her to and she showed a lot of fight when she needed to. And, she has a Cummings training her. Congratulations to Edward, he has managed her very well. Full credit to him. She has got a bright future, but obviously so does he,” he said.
Duais, by Shamus Award out of the Johannesburg mare Meerlust, was winning for the third time from eight starts and with three seconds she has earned stakes of $193,015 for owners Mr M R A Irwin and Harris Family Racing.
Adrian Knox Stakes, photo finish picture ATC
What the beaten jockeys said:
Tom Marquand (Salto Angel): “Not an ideal trip around. On her best day she can run better than that. Not a run up to par.”
James McDonald (Chequerboard): “Weakened late.”
Tommy Berry (Flexible): “It was a nice run. A question mark whether she runs the 2400m but I’ll leave that up to the team.”
Alysha Collett (Land Ahoy): “She ran a really good race. Had a bad barrier so opted to go straight back and ran home nice. She could get further”
Brenton Avdulla (Signora Nera): “She ran well without a lot of luck. If she runs next week she can run really well.”
Keagan Latham (Obvious Step): “Little bit disappointing. Probably just didn’t see out the trip.”
Tim Clark (Seduction Queen): “Got back. Just didn’t come on at all.”
Rachel King (Darling Diamond): “Just didn’t see out the 2000m.”
Glen Boss (Star Point): “She ran well. Tries very hard this filly.”
Robbie Dolan (Bargain): “Barrier probably got her beat. She ran really well.”
Andrew Adkins (Tycoon Hallie): “Disappointing. See how she pulls up.”
Craig Williams (Credit Crunch): “She blundered on coming out. She was back with the favourite. There were more seasoned horses than her and the stop starting nature of the race didn’t suit. Found a bit wanting today.”
Jason Collett (Himiko): “Too keen in front.”
Edward Cummings, picture Sportpix.com.au