James and Bart Cummings high hopes for emerging stayer Ruling Dynasty   Leave a comment

James and Bart Cummings high hopes for emerging stayer Ruling Dynasty

Trainer James Cummings with Ruling Dynasty at his Randwick stables. Picture Gregg Porteou

Trainer James Cummings with Ruling Dynasty at his Randwick stables. Picture Gregg Porteous Source: News Corp Australia

IT says a lot about Ruling Dynasty’s emerging staying potential that co-trainers James and Bart Cummings have had regular colt for months.

“I’ve been talking about Ruling Dynasty with my grandfather all season,’’ James toldThe Daily Telegraph.

“We have a very high opinion of this horse’s ability. He is a promising young stayer.’’

Ruling Dynasty and stablemate High Midnight are due to clash in the Group 2 $175,000 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Both are on trial for a ATC Australian Derby start next week — as are most of their Tulloch Stakes rivals.

James Cummings said Ruling Dynasty showed his ability with a runaway five lengths win at Kembla Grange last start.

“We have had always had the Derby in mind for this horse,’’ Cummings continued.

“It is a big jump in grade for him and he has to show he can mix it at this level but we are confident he will.’’

Ruling Dynasty is a two-time winner form just five starts while High Midnight is even less experienced, having won his maiden at Kembla Grange at just his second race start.

“High Midnight actually had the measure of Ruling Dynasty in their gallop on Tuesday morning,’’ Cummings said.

“He is by High Chaparral and although he is only lightly raced, can never tell how far these young horses can go.

“Ruling Dynasty is the pick of our two runners but High Midnight is bred to stay and was very tough in his maiden win.’’

Bart Cummings has used the Tulloch Stakes to prepare two of his ATC Australian Derby winners — Prolific (1984) and Ivory’s Irish (1995) won both races.

Trainer Bjorn Baker saddles up Quartzite at Albury. Picture: Mark Evans

Trainer Bjorn Baker saddles up Quartzite at Albury. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

TRAINER Bjorn Baker says if ever he’s had a horse that was made for 900m events, it’s Quartzite, who lines up in today’s Flat Knacker at Albury, reports Nic Ashman.

Quartzite has won three of his past four starts proving to Baker what his initial thoughts were on the son of Exceed And Excel.

“He’s always had amazing speed but has taken time to strengthen up a bit,” Baker said.

“There’s never been any point holding him up. He uses the same amount of energy as when you let him stride.”

The four-year-old “rarely gets beaten” in track gallops but it wasn’t until this campaign his owners were rewarded for the talent their trainer said Quartzite possessed.

“Right from early on I said to a few of them, he can run this bloke but he was a bit weak early days,” he said.

“But now he’s able to run out the 1000m trips comfortably. He didn’t actually lead a couple of runs back and he showed then he’s capable of running one down too.

“Basically he’s got a very high cruising speed and nowadays can stick on when the petrol starts running out.”

Originally published as Colt rated by ruling dynasty of track

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Posted March 27, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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