Anthony Cummings’ gamble to run Fiveandahalfstar in the Victoria Derby has paid the highest dividend with victory in a race he has dreamed of winning most of his daily life.
Cummings was unusually conservative early in the week about operating the gelding who won his second restricted race in Sydney seven days ago.
While he was wavering, Damien Oliver rode Fiveandahalfstar in trackwork and persuaded the trainer he must run.
“You observe all this stuff when you are a kid in Adelaide and dream of it,” Cummings said.
“I watched Dad (Bart) win this race and it really is superb to win my initial.”
New Zealander It’s A Dundeel was the dominant $ two.70 favourite for the Flemington function with Fiveandahalfstar sent out at $ 41.
Oliver tucked Fiveandahalfstar in behind early leader Jimando and took over coming round the property turn.
With lots of energy conserved mid-race, Fiveandahalfstar denied all comers as they attempted to catch him.
Super Awesome ($ six) received inside one-one/4 lengths with Rawnaq ($ 101) working on for third one more three-quarters of a length away.
“When It truly is a Dundeel got beaten final week it opened the door. He had been the dominant horse going to the race,” Cummings said.
“Our horse won actually properly final week but then I could not get the float I wanted to get him right here and there’s a dilemma with that.
“I could not be positive he’d settle in but he did.
“He turned up on Wednesday and worked truly well.
“It really is most likely the 1st time I have had to be talked into operating a horse in a Group One particular.
“The aim of the steady is to be there and be part of every Group A single race you can.
“You take aim. You will not often get there and at times you are and occasionally you only just must be.
“The reality is if you never have a go you will never know.”
Oliver explained he had a perfect run and had no considerations about the 2500 metres even when the challengers came in the straight.
“Jimando was a bit keen from the 2000 (metres) to the mile but then he switched off and my horse relaxed truly effectively,” Oliver explained.
“The horse is extremely fit. He’s had a busy schedule but has stood up to it well.
“He was so loose and relaxed. He conserves a good deal of power.”
Like Cummings, Oliver believed It’s A Dundeel’s defeat in the Vase at Moonee Valley was a boost to his rivals.
“When he got beaten and they completed in a bunch at Caulfield (Norman Robinson) I imagined there was no standout and it really is really worth a crack.”
Fiveandahalfstar is raced by a syndicate which includes Hal Dyball and Julia Ritchie who also raced his father Hotel Grand, a Group 1 winner of the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) and the Randwick Guineas (1600m).
“I knew he (Fiveandahalfstar) would run the trip,” Cummings stated.
“His father was 2000-metre winner and we almost certainly never ever observed the finest of him.
“He is associated to a 3200-metre winner so there have been no concerns there.”
New Zealand trainer Murray Baker mentioned the distance was not the concern for It really is A Dundeel, who kept coming from back in the area to finish seventh.
“He had each chance and he whacked away,” Baker explained.
“I’ll take him residence and bring him back in the autumn.
“It really is not so a lot that he did not keep. He’s had a challenging campaign and I believe it might have caught up with him.”