Sky Boy flies high to Vil­liers Stakes tri­umph

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - MATT JONES

THE per­fect plan came off as An­thony and Ed­ward Cum­mings took Sky Boy from a Class 2 plac­ing at Kem­bla Grange in Sep­tem­ber to vic­tory in the $250,000 Group 2 Vil­liers Stakes at Rand­wick yes­ter­day. Af­ter that plac­ing he ran third again in mid­week grade on the Kens­ing­ton track be­fore record­ing four-straight wins and rock­et­ing through his grades all the way to the time­honoured event at Rand­wick.

An­thony was rapt to see his Pen­dragon four-year-old hit the front at the 250m be­fore hold­ing off a fast-fin­ish­ing Aloisia by a long neck with My Nordic Hero in third.

The win guar­an­tees Sky Boy a start in next April’s Group 1 Don­caster Mile at The Cham­pi­onships at Rand­wick.

“It might have been a Group 2 race but it was a Group 1 ef­fort,” Cum­mings said.

“I’ve had a lot of long-term plans that haven’t come off so when it works it’s bloody fan­tas­tic. The way he pre­sented to­day was the best he’s been.

“He han­dled ev­ery­thing in his stride and he used his speed to get into a spot and re­laxed and he had a sprint at the fin­ish.”

The in­ter­est­ing prepa­ra­tion of rac­ing over 2000m twice be­fore com­ing back to 1800m then back to the 1600m was what he needed.

Jockey Chris­tian Reith cel­e­brates aboard Sky Boy

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