Trainer Edward Cummings remains “open minded” about what lies ahead for his Australian Oaks runner-up Duais.
The daughter of Shamus Award remains in work at the trainer’s Hawkesbury base.
Last Saturday Duais further enhanced her growing reputation when a hard finishing second to Hungry Heart in the 2400m Group 1 contest for three-year-old fillies.
Cummings said he has ruled out a trip to Adelaide for the Group 1 Australasian Oaks, a race last year’s Australian Oaks runner-up Toffee Tongue went on to claim.
Duais (orange cap) chases home Hungry Heart in the Australian Oaks at Randwick last Saturday. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“To go to Adelaide there’d be too much to do in too little time,” Cummings said. “With the carnival back a week this year it just makes it that much harder,” Cummings said.
While he’s ruled out South Australia, Cummings has committed to a trip north to Queensland but he remains open to whether that trip will be to race or spell his star filly.
“The plan at this point is to either spell up in Brisbane or to keep her in work for the next couple of weeks, give her a trial mid-May and then maybe the Doomben Roses and the Queensland Oaks,” he said.
“The filly will make the decision herself in the coming weeks.
“She’s a filly in form. She’s fit and well and come through the race in very good order.”
Duais winning the Adrian Knox Stakes. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Cummings said he has discussed the immediate future with Hugh Bowman, the jockey of Duais.
“I spoke to Hughie and he said it wasn’t a gut busting run,” he said.
“She feels like she’s just starting to come into her own and he suggested I consider doing something similar to what Chris (Waller) did with Winx – freshen her up, see how she trials and then find a race for her.
“Either way she’s going to Queensland, it’s just a matter of if she runs before she spells up there.”
Originally published asQueensland option remains open for Duais
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