Cumani shows Authority at Seymour track
Matt Cumani is fast making Seymour’s racetrack his home away from home after landing a second successive double in the club’s past two meetings.
On Thursday the Ballarat-based Cumani saddled Marchesa in the $25 000 Kellys Country Homes three-year-old Fillies Maiden Plate over 1411 m with jockey Jordan Childs crossing the line a length ahead of the field.
Then he sent out Golden Authority in the last of the day — the $25 000 ClassicBet Handicap over 1600 m — to score a massive win with the best of the rest six lengths adrift.
At Benalla on the Tuesday his horse Ryan’s Fender took out the $22 000 CA Sinclair Pork Wholesalers SV Maiden Plate over 2046 m.
Although both Cumani’s Seymour winners started at good odds he said he wasn’t surprised by their success.
‘‘They are both horses we like a lot and Golden Authority had only been narrowly beaten the week before and that was after he had a problem at the gate,’’ Cumani said.
‘‘He looks really good over a mile and his big win proved his bad luck the week before and his potential,’’ he said.
‘‘While we see him as a stayer, and he is bred to go long, we might keep him at the mile for a few starts before we look at edging him out to 2000 m and beyond.
‘‘In all honesty we probably felt both Seymour winners might have been in need of another run but clearly they were in better shape than we might have expected so we were pretty happy with the outcome.’’
While Cumani is still looking for Golden Authority’s next race he already has Ryans Fender set for Donald on November 19 and is still deciding on a 1400 m start for Marchesa in the next week or two.
He also had two starters over the famous 3200 m on Tuesday, just not in the Melbourne Cup.
Instead Missy Zippy and Mr Coyne were at the barrier in the $20 000 Moama Bowling Club Handicap.
‘‘But we do have one nominated for the Queen Elizabeth at Flemington on Saturday so we have high hopes of a big moment in the Melbourne Cup carnival week,’’ Cumani said.
Local trainers Shannon and Lee Hope also had some success on what is their home track when Sneferu greeted the judge in the $18 000 Mangalore Park Handicap over 1200 m.
With Jordan Childs in the saddle the 11/1 shot won by a long neck from Jay Belle and Cuban Missile in a blanket finish.
Jye McNeill also had a good day at Seymour riding a double Tea for Choux in the Landmark Seymour Maiden Plate and Love in the City in the Mitchelton Wines F&M BM64 Handicap.