Millions of reasons to like Exhilarates
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.’’
Coruscate (centre) bursts clear of his rivals to score an impressive win at Royal Randwick.