A familiar name shares the spotlight on Golden Slipper Day

We wrap up an action-packed day of racing.

Laura Slobodniuk
Sat, 23 Mar, 12:00 AM

The surname Cummings is synonymous with racing and it featured heavily at Rosehill’s Golden Slipper meeting on Saturday.

Godolphin Feature Event

Bart Cummings is a name most people, whether they are in racing or not, know because the legendary horseman produced 12 Melbourne Cup winners. At Rosehill, it was his grandson James Cummings that wrote another chapter in the family history as he not only scored his first win in the Slipper but secured a historic trifecta for Godolphin.

Kiamichi was the least favoured of the Royal Blue army but was the one that handled the Heavy conditions best. Backing up from her brilliant win in the Magic Night just seven days ago, Kiamichi was rated perfectly in front by Damian Lane as the pair raced away to beat Microphone (Hugh Bowman) and Lyre (Luke Currie). The Godolphin two-year-olds have been off the planet this season (just like we told you) and the Slipper appeared their race for a number of weeks now. Imagine if one-time favourite Tassort had gone around too?! They had six in the race (five prepared by Cummings and one by Anthony Freedman) while also having the first emergency Bivouac. The global racing conglomerate has captured the three juveniles majors so far this season (Magic Millions, Blue Diamond, Golden Slipper) and what’s to say they won’t take out the Inglis Sires, Champagne Classic and Percy Sykes in the next few weeks?

A stellar day for the Cummings Stable

The historic trifecta was one thing but to win just 40 minutes earlier with Avilius showed just how good the young horseman is. A beaten odds-on favourite in the Australian Cup last start at Flemington, Avilius was a noted drifter in betting but produced that sensational turn of foot on a day when it was hard to make ground and win the Ranvet Stakes in brilliant fashion. The question has to be asked – is he a Sydney horse? He’s had four starts at Randwick and Rosehill and won all of them while his record in Melbourne is three from six. 

A whisker in the Galaxy

The Galaxy, 2019, photo finish

Was it a dead-heat? That was one of the big talking points to come out of the Galaxy which was won by Nature Strip. James McDonald rated the speedy Chris Waller runner perfectly in front before Tommy Berry arrived on the scene with Pierata which came with a huge burst down the outside of the track. Looking at the official photo and it was very hard to see any separation of both noses on the line, however, stewards must have seen something to declare Nature Strip the winner by a nose, a pimple, a hair or whatever term you want to use. 

Four from four a fitting farewell

On a day packed full of drama and excitement, Winx was the star attraction but did play second fiddle somewhat in her final racetrack appearance at Rosehill.

The champion mare was an effortless winner as she captured her fourth successive George Ryder Stakes and some of the bets riding on her were monstrous including a new record bet amount at TAB of $345,000 @ $1.05. She was the star of the show, no doubt, and you could tell by all the Winx hats, flags and shirts that most of the crowd wanted to get a slice of Chris Waller and Hugh Bowman’s pride and joy. That’s 32 wins in a row now, 24 Group Ones and just one more target remaining in her stellar career – the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Day 2 of The Championships. 

Sun shines in Rosehill Guineas

It was somewhat of a strange feeling but one that should be applauded by the ATC that Winx and The Autumn Sun were both winners prior to the start of the Quaddie. 

The first of Waller’s three Group One winners for the day came when The Autumn Sun was a narrow winner of the SKY Racing Rosehill Guineas. The crack colt struggled to get past Arrogant in the straight with very little between them at the finish. He did race much closer this time so that may explain something but is he more dour these days? In all his runs this time in, Kerrin McEvoy has been hard at work on the son of Redoute’s Choice with the official winning margins being 0.4l, 0.2l and 0.2l. That being the case and if he has lost that brilliant turn of foot, then it is hard to see him clashing with Winx in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Roughie start to the day

Finally, you have to feel for those that took the shorts about Classique Legend in the second event on the card. The boom galloper was unbeaten in two runs leading into this but Kerrin McEvoy had him four-wide on the speed throughout and even the very best of horses would struggle to win in those circumstances. Credit to the Les Bridge runner though because he was only beaten half a length in a great finish by Krone and Wild Planet but jeez it was a hard watch if you took the price and hoped to build a bank for the day.


RIDE OF THE DAY: Damian Lane – Kiamichi. Went straight to the top and gave nothing else a chance to secure his first Slipper.


FLOP OF THE DAY: Kerrin McEvoy – Classique Legend. Yes, he rode two Group One winners (The Autumn Sun and Avilius) but his ride on Classique Legend was vomit material. At least he learnt from the mistake and had a far better day after that.


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