The Sportsman Weekend - - NEWS - SHAYNE O’CASS

TRAINER An­thony Cum­mings would love noth­ing more to hon­our the mem­ory of the late Dato Tan Chin Nam than to win a race on Cox Plate day with his Royal Rand­wick run­ner Sky Boy, a horse with strong Think Big Stud con­nec­tions.

The geld­ing is a son of Dato Tan’s vastly un­der­rated Pen­dragon out of Zabeel mare Zaz­abelle who dead-heated for third in the 1999 Mel­bourne Cup be­hind Bart Cum­mings-trained sta­ble­mate Ro­gan Josh.

Dato Tan and Bart Cum­mings also had Sky Boy’s grand-dam, The Per­fume Gar­den, who won the 1994 Queen of the Turf Stakes.

Sky Boy was an easy win­ner in a Kens­ing­ton mid­weeker over 1550m last start and will line-up

ei­ther to­mor­row’s 2000m ATC Cel­lar­bra­tions Hand­i­cap or be saved for a shorter race in town next Wed­nes­day.

“He showed some ta­lent last time in work and is still de­vel­op­ing in that re­gard but that was prob­a­bly the best he has raced there the other day and he’s come nicely since then,” Cum­mings said from Malaysia where he is at­tend­ing Dato Tan Chin Nam’s fu­neral.

Dato Tan Chin Nam died this week aged 93.

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