The Courier-Mail



JAMES Cum­mings goes to the Can­ter­bury races to­day with run­ners solely un­der his name for the first time – and it is the busiest day for the sta­ble in years.

Cum­mings had been in a train­ing part­ner­ship with his fa­mous grand­fa­ther Bart, but with the death of the “Cups King” on Sun­day the train­ing busi­ness en­ters a new era.

The name “James Cum­mings” will now ap­pear in for­mguides along­side run­ners out of fa­mous Leilani Lodge from to­day, with nine ac­cep­tors at Can­ter­bury.

“I can’t re­mem­ber the last time the sta­ble had a run­ner in ev­ery race at a Syd­ney meet­ing – it cer­tainly hasn’t hap­pened in the two years I have been train­ing,’’ James said. “We are go­ing to be busy.’’ Cum­mings has some out­stand­ing win­ning chances at to­day’s meet­ing, most no­tably Shahrazad in the Sch­weppes Hand­i­cap (1100m).

“Shahrazad is go­ing to a Bench­mark 65 race over 1100m and I was very con­fi­dent we had found the right race for her, but then I had a look at the op­po­si­tion and there is a very nice horse from Can­berra, Beau Ti­rage, who is com­ing through the grades,’’ he ad­mit­ted.

“Beau Ti­rage has won three races by a com­bined mar­gin of more than 12 lengths so he will be hard to catch around Can­ter­bury but Shahrazad is go­ing to race very well again.’’

Cum­mings con­firmed Burn­ing Pas­sion would take his place in the All Too Hard At Vin­ery Hand­i­cap (1250m) de­spite the out­side bar­rier.

“Burn­ing Pas­sion will run,” he said. “He is go­ing so well, and although the bar­rier is not ideal the bar­rier is not ev­ery­thing.’’

Cum­mings has Nazir and Ki­na­gat in the TAB Re­wards Hand­i­cap (1580m), while The Spe­cial Two makes a re­turn to rac­ing af­ter in­jury in the TAB Place Multi Hand­i­cap (1200m).

The trainer is send­ing Fifty Flags ( Hand­i­cap), Ca­mari and Set The Limit (McGrath Es­tate Agents Hand­i­cap) to the races for the first time to­day and ex­pects the trio to be com­pet­i­tive, while Cast In Stone (Cel­lar­bra­tions Hand­i­cap) will ap­pre­ci­ate get­ting out to 1900m.

SKY Chan­nel’s Brent Zer­afa had his case ad­journed af­ter his lawyer Damian Sheales made sub­mis­sions to Rac­ing NSW stew­ards yesterday.

Zer­afa is charged with con­duct prej­u­di­cial to the im­age of rac­ing.

He backed Palazzo Pub­blico af­ter he “tipped” I Am Ze­lady on air when work­ing for the now de­funct TVN on Jan­uary 17.

Palazzo Pub­blico and I Am Ze­lady were both trained by dis­qual­i­fied trainer Sam Ka­vanagh, who was this week found guilty of 23 charges re­lat­ing to cobalt use and race­day treat­ments.

It has been al­leged Zer­afa had “in­side in­for­ma­tion” sur­round­ing Palazzo Pub­blico af­ter re­ceiv­ing a text from John Camil­leri, who was also found guilty of six race­day treat­ments charges this week.

GODOL­PHIN has se­cured Brazil­ian star Joao Mor­eira to ride form colt Shards in the $1 mil­lion Golden Rose at Rose­hill next week.

Mor­eira, Hong Kong’s reign­ing premier rider, is re­garded by many as the world’s best jockey.

 ??  ?? GO­ING SOLO: James Cum­mings will be busy at Can­ter­bury to­day. Pic­ture: Gregg Por­te­ous
GO­ING SOLO: James Cum­mings will be busy at Can­ter­bury to­day. Pic­ture: Gregg Por­te­ous

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