Kingston Town dash adds to Avil­ius’ chances in Cup

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - SHAYNE O’CASS

IS AVIL­IUS the horse that will de­liver James Cum­mings his first Melbourne Cup win?

The grand­son of the 13-time Melbourne Cup win­ner Bart Cum­mings has a more press­ing date in the Metropoli­tan af­ter ex­cit­ing im­port Avil­ius re­mained un­beaten in Aus­tralia, sweep­ing past his ri­vals to take out the Group 3 ATC Kingston Town Stakes (200m) at Rand­wick yes­ter­day.

Rid­den with con­fi­dence by Glyn Schofield, Avil­ius was let loose down the mid­dle of the track in the straight, show­ing a turn of foot that only the good stay­ers are able to.

The French-bred gal­loper was em­phatic for a third straight time, this time beat­ing the Chris Waller duo Brimham Rocks and I Am Se­ri­ous with an­other of the sta­ble­mates Pa­trick Erin close up in fourth.

“Avil­ius an­nounced his ar­rival to the coun­try with a good start to his ca­reer here but I sup­pose to­day was an­other feather in his cap,’’ Schofield said. “He was a fair way back in the run but it was run pretty solidly and I was for­tu­nate enough to get him to the out­side and use that speed.’’

Godol­phin’s Dar­ren Bead­man knows what it takes to win a Melbourne Cup, hav­ing rid­den Kingston Rule and Saintly – both for the great Bart Cum­mings – and was full of praise for the po­ten­tial 2018 can­di­date. ‘‘He’s a proper horse,’’ Bead­man said.

“He has got real stay­ing blood­lines and when you’ve got a turn of foot and ac­cel­er­a­tion like he does then it’s go­ing to take you a long way.

‘‘The world is his oys­ter.’’

IM­PORT GAL­LOPER: Avil­ius.

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