The Sportsman Weekend

Cummings’ Rebel to keep a Gloaming family tradition alive

- SHAYNE O’CASS

EDWARD Cummings is relying on his vastly underrated colt Dark Rebel in his quest for a third generation Gloaming Stakes triumph for racing’s most famous dynasty.

Saturday marks the tenth anniversar­y of even-money favourite Strike The Stars’ Gloaming win for Edward’s father, Anthony.

Bart Cummings won the second of his Gloaming’s two years prior with So You Think which came 12 years after the Cups King won his first Gloaming with another Windsor Park Stud foal – Sky Chase.

While all three predecesso­r’s horses had more impressive C.V’s than Dark Rebel heading into their respective Gloaming missions, what the Hawkesbury trained threeyear-old lacks in punch, he more than makes up for in looks and potential.

Such is the regard in which Dark Rebel is held by Cummings, that four of his five starts have been at Listed and Group level, 1, 2 and 3.

“He has settled a long way back in every single one of his races,” Cummings said.

“We are yet to see him at a trip where he can settle that bit closer.

“This whole preparatio­n has been based on getting him out to 1800 metres and 2000 metres. I would expect

start showing his absolute best on Saturday and then two weeks later in the Spring Champion Stakes.

“If he can get the job done and run well in Spring Champion, then I don’t think I would be tempted to go down to Melbourne (for the Derby),” Cummings said.

“The only reason I would send him down there is if 1800 metres is the limit of his distance, maybe we could drop him back to a mile and run in the Caulfield Guineas.”

Dark Rebel was purchased by Cummings for $120,000 at the 2020 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.

A Sadler’s Well descendant via his great-grandson Astern, Dark Rebel is a distant relative of 1975 Caulfield Cup winning mare, Analight.

 ?? ?? Edward Cummings is hoping to become the third generation of trainers win Gloaming Stakes.
Edward Cummings is hoping to become the third generation of trainers win Gloaming Stakes.

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