Time running out for Anthony Cummings pair Drago, Strike The Star   Leave a comment

Time running out for Anthony Cummings pair Drago, Strike The Star

Drago leaps into action in the 2013 Victoria Derby. Picture Ian Currie

Drago leaps into action in the 2013 Victoria Derby. Picture Ian Currie Source: News Limited

DRAGO and Strike The Stars were once regarded as legitimate Group 1 contenders but these days their trainer Anthony Cummings would be happy if either won a race.

At Royal Randwick, Drago is trying to resurrect his race career while Strike The Stars is trying to save his.

Drago resumes in the Battle of the Dardanelles Handicap (1400m) and Strike The Stars contests The Last Post Handicap (1600m).

Cummings has used a different method with Drago this preparation and there were encouraging signs when he made brilliant mare Miracles Of Life work hard to run him down in a Randwick barrier trial two weeks ago.

“We have tried some different things with Drago this time to try and get him back to his good early career form,’’ Cummings revealed.

“He has done most of his work at Wild Oaks on the uphill gallops there and he’s coming along nicely. I thought he trialled really well.

“If he can get back on track that I’d like to see him play a part in the Brisbane wintercarnival.’’

Strike The Stars has not shown any worthwhile form for 18 months and Cummings admitted the gelding is on notice on Saturday.

The Anthony Cummings-trained Drago enjoys a roll in the sand. Picture: Mark Evans

The Anthony Cummings-trained Drago enjoys a roll in the sand. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Limited

“He needs to shape up or ship out,’’ the trainer revealed.

“We have given him a couple of easy trials and waited for the right race for him to see whether he has anything left in him.

“It’s a wet track and a mile at Randwick so he is in his comfort zone.

“He needs to step up (tomorrow) or if not he might make a nice hack for someone.’’

Cummings is more optimistic about the chances of juvenile filly Meteora Miss (Anzac Day Handicap), Puzzling Wonder (Gallipoli Handicap), Wonderbolt (Australian Flying Corps Handicap) and Vergara (Bluebird Nurses Handicap).

“Meteora Miss produced a nice run on debut but her lack of race craft came against her,’’ he said. “She has gone on nicely since and is a filly with a lot of promise.

“Puzzling Wonder is another horse I’ve got plans to take to Brisbane so this race is important.

“Wonderbolt trialled well and he is back in good order. The 1000m suits him, he is an off-speed, hit the line sort of horse. He’s by More Than Read and he will handle the wet track.’’

Originally published as Time running out for Cummings pair

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Posted April 24, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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