Mil­lions of rea­sons to like Ex­hil­a­rates

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - RAY THOMAS

TRAINER James Cum­mings is hop­ing to pro­duce a Magic Mil­lions con­tender when Ex­hil­a­rates makes her de­but in the Girls Day Out Hand­i­cap (1200m) at Rosehill Gar­dens to­day.

Ex­hil­a­rates and Ki­amichi de­but in the ju­ve­nile opener al­though Cum­mings has the lat­ter en­tered for a race at New­cas­tle, too.

But early bet­ting sug­gests Ex­hil­a­rates is the one to beat with TAB Fixed Odds rat­ing her the $2 favourite ahead of un­beaten Ade­laide colt Se­brakate at $2.90 while Ki­amichi is at $4.80.

Ex­i­la­rates, a beau­ti­fully bred filly su­per sire Snitzel out of Group 1 win­ner Sa­maready, was pur­chased by Godol­phin for $600,000 at the Magic Mil­lions Year­ling Sales ear­lier this year.

Godol­phin had not pur­chased at the Magic Mil­lions Sales for nearly a decade so there en­try into the mar­ket at that sale and the pur­chase of this filly amongst seven other year­lings is sig­nif­i­cant.

“If Ex­hil­a­rates was up to win­ning over 1200m first-up then the Magic Mil­lions (Clas­sic) in Jan­uary is on the radar,’’ Cum­mings said.

“Ex­hil­a­rates is po­ten­tially a nice filly and both she and Ki­amichi tri­alled well and there is im­prove­ment in them.’’

Cum­mings has given both fil­lies just the one bar­rier trial to ready them for their race debuts with Ex­hil­a­rates fin­ish­ing a close sec­ond in her 745m Rand­wick heat that was run in slightly faster time than Ki­amichi, who also fin­ished sec­ond in her trial the same day.

If ei­ther Ex­hil­a­rates or Ki­amichi can take the two-year-old race to open the Rosehill meet­ing, it could set up a win­ning day for the Cum­mings sta­ble.

The trainer will be at Flem­ing­ton where he has a huge team en­tered in­clud­ing Group 1 run­ners Ke­men­tari in the $1 mil­lion VRC Sprint Clas­sic (1200m) and It’s Some­what in the $2 mil­lion Mack­in­non Stakes (2000m) but he will be keep­ing a close eye on the Rosehill re­sults.

Cum­mings’s Rosehill run­ners in­clude last start win­ners Sing­ing Sand in the Mem­ber­ship Hand­i­cap (1400m) and Cor­us­cate in the Agency Real Es­tate Hand­i­cap (1300m).

Sing­ing Sand is com­ing out of a good first-up win at the War­wick Farm mid­weeks and is rated at $7 in overnight bet­ting where top­weight Royal Cel­e­bra­tion is hot favourite at $1.95.

“She (Sing­ing Sand) won nicely firstup but she needs to keep im­prov­ing,’’ he said. “She has been work­ing well and could make it in­ter­est­ing.’’

Cor­us­cate has won three of his four starts this cam­paign but is rac­ing be­yond 1200m for the first time in his ca­reer.

“I thought Cor­us­cate was re­ally strong late last start at Rand­wick and I don’t think the 1300m is go­ing to be a prob­lem for him,’’ Cum­mings said.

The trainer also has Gaulois re­sum­ing against Cor­us­cate and Cum­mings said he ex­pects that horse to sprint well fresh.

Reg­i­men is the Cum­mings-trained run­ner with the mare lin­ing up in the Rosehill Bowl­ing Cup Af­ter Party Sprint (1100m).

“She just needed the run last start when she was re­sum­ing, she knocked up the last 75m,’’ Cum­mings said. “She is more for­ward now and we are ex­pect­ing a good run from her.’’

Cum­mings did have Wag­ner, Revenire and Bea­con en­tered for the Rosehill meet­ing but the trio will race at Flem­ing­ton to­day.

“Wag­ner was al­ready in Mel­bourne,’’ Cum­ming said.

“We ac­cepted for Rosehill as we wanted to see how the (Spring­time Stakes) field came up at Flem­ing­ton. He gets some weight re­lief (to­day), he’s a com­pet­i­tive chance, and he could be a bet­ter horse on this track.’’

Pic­ture: AAP

Cor­us­cate (cen­tre) bursts clear of his ri­vals to score an im­pres­sive win at Royal Rand­wick.

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