Kembla, Corowa previews: Edward Cummings has unlucky Sunborn ready to find winning form

Group 1 winning trainer Edward Cummings was staggered the TAB went up $61 about his filly Sunborn at her scheduled return to racing at Rosehill last Saturday.

Sadly, for Cummings – and the many punters who shortened her quote $23 – on race eve, the designated first emergency, Sunborn missed the cut.

“I definitely would have run if we got a start and I think she would have won given the run the winner had,” Cummings said.

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Jason Collett will partner Sunborn at Kembla. Photo: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“She would have landed right in the box seat which is the winner was and she would have come up the inside and probably been too good I would have thought.”

Sunborn will instead head to Kembla for Thursday’s Bruce Compton Benchmark 64 Handicap (1000m).

A daughter of Group 1 winner Casino Prince (sire of All Too Hard), Sunborn kicked off her career winning a 900m maiden at Newcastle on December 1 in 2019.

And while she hasn’t won or placed in six starts thereafter, Sunborn has contested the Inglis Nursery, Inglis Millennium, Silver Slipper, Reisling Stakes and the Group 3 Schweppervescence on Golden Slipper Day last year.

“Perhaps with a more daring front running ride in the Reisling, we’d have won,” Cummings said.

“I think we’d have won with clear running in the Inglis Millennium. I think she definitely would have won at Rosehill when she had to jump over Hot ‘N’ Hazy.

“That’s four (wins) out of seven (starts).

“She has had very few opportunities to show her wares.

“We had her in ready for the autumn but from bad tracks and bad barriers or races that didn’t suit us one hundred per cent, we gave her a month off just to decompress. She was fit enough and came back in.

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“I saw the Creswick Stakes at Flemington and I thought that would be a really good race for her provided she handled the straight,” Cummings said.

“I worked on her the back straight here at Hawkesbury and I don’t think she handled it, just going a straight course, so I elected to stay in Sydney and then we just got balloted out of last week’s race and an $81 shot won the Creswick so maybe I should have gone.”

Sunborn is very much a product of Leilani Lodge where Cummings spent his formative years alongside father Anthony and grandfather Bart.

Cummings (Anthony) not only trained Sunborn’s sire Casino Prince bit also her dam, the Fastnet Rock mare Honeymoon Cruise.

Track rating permitting, Sunborn will be joined on the float to Kembla on Thursday by Lava who had his first two starts for James Cummings and Godolphin.

Lava is a spectacularly well-bred gelding; his third dam is none other than Japan Cup winner, Horlicks, whose Sir Tristram son Brew won the 2000 Melbourne Cup with the then 20-year-old Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.

“I have got him at Newcastle on Saturday and if Kembla was still a Heavy 8 on race morning, I’ll opt to send him to Newcastle,” Cummings said.


Blaike McDougall has 34 days left to overtake WA rider Chris Parnham and win the coveted Australian Jockeys Premiership title.

McDougall’s nationwide tally currently sits on 177, just a handful less than Parnham.

McDougall has been a virtual two-legged Vo Rogue when it comes to the NSW Statewide premiership, leading throughout.

His margin going into Thursday’s Corowa meeting is 10 on his closest rival Tommy Berry.

One perhaps more significant number for Corowa punters is 25.6.

That’s the winning strike-rate as a percentage when Blaike McDougall rides for trainer Gary Colvin.

The most recent of the pair’s 22 victories came at Wagga on June 4 when Nic’s Hero shed his maiden status.

“He has just taken a bit of time because he has been a bit immature,” Colvin said.

“I am a bit worried about the rain – they are predicting a heavy track – but I give him a good show.

Blaike McDougall can edge closer to the National Jockeys Premiership with a number of good rides at Corowa. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

“He’s got a bad draw but I’ll leave it up to Blaike. He can race on the pace so he will probably go forward.

Colvin bred Nic’s Hero himself, the son of Kaphero is a direct descendant of Sir Tristan Antico’s broodmare gem, Hot Rhythm.

“He has got the showings of being a nice horse. He is very immature as I said, but this campaign we are hoping we can straighten a few things out and this horse might go on because he has the ability to,” Colvin said.

Joining Nic’s Hero at Corowa on Thursday is Zarsnip, who was also bred by Colvin.

Like Nic’s Hero, Zarsnip is from an acclaimed family; his fifth dam is Light Of Pace, the mother of 1988 Golden Slipper winner, Star Watch.

“I was pretty pleased with Zarsnip’s run last time, he just knocked up,” Colvin explained.

“He’s not a real big horse but he is very honest. I hope this prep he will put his right foot forward.

“He’s got a bit of a heart and I don’t mind horses like that. Ones that will have a go.”

Colvin will change venues for his next (potential) winner with the ageing but exciting Monterey Zar perfectly placed for a TAB Highway winner at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Originally published asKembla, Corowa previews: Sunborn to serve up an overdue win

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