The Sportsman Weekend
Cummings duo ready to bloom ahead of their spring campaign
ANTHONY Cummings is preparing for what could be one of his best spring carnivals ever and it all starts on Saturday with gun threeyear-olds Tristate and Chill going head-to-head in the Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Royal Randwick.
Even by his own standards, it’s unlikely that Cummings has ever been blessed with such depth at his High Street headquarters than right now the likes of Everest contender Libertini and former Hungarian Horse of Year, Nancho, leading the way.
Cummings is rightfully hopeful that Libertini will entice an Everest slot-holder for this year’s richest turf race while Nancho will make his much anticipated Australian debut in next Saturday’s Group 1 Winx Stakes.
Before all that, last season’s handy two-year-old pair Tristate and Chill, to open their ambitious spring campaigns in the Rosebud.
Cummings has always had a huge opinion of Headwater colt Tristate whose current C.V of four starts for no placings in no way reflects his talent or potential.
“He has come back really well and I would say he has improved from last time through,” Cummings told Sportsman.
“The preparation just didn’t go according to order last time. Every time something had gone wrong somewhere but this time he has been plain sailing and turns up fit and well first-up.
“Looking back at last prep, he was probably a little underdone first-up but this time he is more forward so I expect him to race well and think is up the grade.”
Chill, like her stablemate, went to the races four times at her initial campaign but was least able
lodge a placing.
In her case it a narrow second at Warwick Farm but it is worth bearing in mind she finished under three lengths behind Glistening in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes.
The daughter of Golden Slipper winner Vancouver turned heads in her recent trial, charging home from well back to finish third.
“She has gone on with it since,” Cummings reported.
“I am really pleased what she has done since, so we are in good shape there.
“Logically she is going to be better when gets out over further, that seems to be where the pedigree points you.
“I am expecting a good run, the colt (Tristate) is probably better winning prospect of the two but both will be in the money.”
Chill is latest exponent of a family that has delivered Cummings some of his biggest wins.
Her dam, Terrestria, is a halfsister to T.J. Smith winner Outback Prince and his Spring Champion Canterbury Guineas winning sibling, Hotel Grand.