Best of days for Cum­mings - by a mile

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - MICHAEL MANLEY

JAMES Cum­mings de­scribed yes­ter­day as the best of his train­ing ca­reer af­ter land­ing a tre­ble, capped by a Group 1 vic­tory in the Kennedy Mile by the aptly named Best Of Days.

It was Cum­mings ninth Group 1 win in his ca­reer and his sev­enth since he teamed up with Godol­phin in the mid­dle of last year.

“It’s a red-let­ter day. I’ve got a great op­por­tu­nity work­ing with a great bunch of peo­ple that can sup­port me with a big team,” Cum­mings said.

“It’s taken me a bit of time. I’m play­ing the right peo­ple in the right po­si­tions now. I’m re­ally con­fi­dent about that. Now we’re get­ting the re­sults.

“It’s a five or six-month build up to to­day. I’ve got a great op­por­tu­nity with Sheik Mo­hammed and he shows faith and sup­port with horses like Best of Days com­ing over from Europe.’’

Cum­mings said Best Of Days had put in the best week of his prepa­ra­tion.

Best Of Days ($12) won by a half a length from Le Ro­main ($13), with Peace­ful State ($13) a half-length away third.

Craig Wil­liams said Best Of Days had been aided by the ad­di­tion of blink­ers.

“He looked like he pro­filed re­ally well. Credit to James and his team in Mel­bourne and Syd­ney,’’ Wil­liams said.

Wil­liams gave Best Of Days a per­fect ride, sit­ting on the fence through­out in sixth place be­fore gain­ing runs in the straight.

Cum­mings’ other win­ners were Os­borne Bulls and Ranier.

GRINNERS: Jockey Craig Wil­liams, cen­tre, and trainer James Cum­mings, right, cel­e­brate with Best Of Days’ con­nec­tions.

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