Kembla Grange preview: Tips, best bets and inside mail

Anthony Cummings likely has an Everest tilt coming up in the new season with crack mare Libertini but is also planning ahead for the Princess Series and even the Oaks with Kembla- bound Cap Estel.

Cummings, it seems, is never short of a classic filly and has suitably ambitious plans for his newest model, Zoustar daughter Cap Estel, who turns three on Sunday.

Bred and raised at Widden (who retain a share in the filly), Cap Estel resumes at Kembla on Sunday in the David Lee Maiden Plate over 1200m from barrier one and Jason Collett riding.

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Cummings’ miss was tipped out after an honourable debut at the midweeks at Warwick Farm on March 3 but has clearly thrived over the break judging on back-to-back impressive trials at Randwick in recent weeks.

“She has always looked to be a nice filly and I was really happy with her first trial,’’ Cummings said.

“Her second trial was even better when she was asked to do a bit more.

“She showed improvement from one trial to the other and she will improve again so we’re in good shape I think.’’

Cummings has numerous avenues to pursue with Cap Estel this spring, singling out the Princess Series as a possible route to fame.

“A lot of the fillies right now … everyone is aiming after those sorts of races and we’re not different,’’ he says.

“It’s who steps up.

“At this stage you wouldn’t be ruling anything out on potential but she looked more an Oaks type in that second trial.’’

There is no doubt Cap Estel is well equipped to win an Oaks given her dam-sires Darci Brahma, High Chaparral and Kingmambo.

Partnering Cap Estel on the float from High Street south on day one of the 2021/22 season is Fill Of Fun who resumes in the Greg Lee Handicap (1200m).

Fill Of Fun is a daughter of underperforming USA shuttle stallion Uncle Mo, whose best locally performed offspring were almost all exclusively trained by Cummings.

Fill Of Fun herself has won twice so far, one of them at Kembla albeit over 2000m.

“She will run really well,’’ Cummings says.

“I thought that was a really good trial from her and her work has been good.

“It is probably short of her best but she is back in good shape so who’s to say.’’

Fill Of Fun is a valuable dual purpose prospect, not only does she have more wins in store, but she has considerable worth as a future broodmare.

Her second dam, Party Time, is a Group 3 winner by Bletchingly out of Lanyard who won the James H B Carr Stakes and was placed in the Surround, Light Fingers and Phar Lap Stakes.

Both Party Time and Lanyard before her resided at Baramul Stud, the birthplace and spelling ground of Cummings’ 2021 Everest hopeful, Libertini.

SHAYNE O’CASS’ TOP SELECTIONS

BEST BET

Race 1 No.3: KERMAJACK

Chris Waller-trained son of his own Doncaster Mile winner Kermadec. Gives every impression he will relish step up to 2400m on a firm deck.

NEXT BEST

Race 2 No.2: TYROL

Half-brother to Dear Demi; this Ryan/Alexiou-trained gelding was closing fast at his second career run and doesn’t have much opposition.

BEST VALUE

Race 3 No.5: REGULATION

Stunning looker by Sheikh Mohammed’s own Contributer. Did enough during the first prep and should be one to train-on to better things.

QUADDIE

Race 5: 9, 12

Race 6: 2, 6, 11

Race 7: 4, 5, 6, 8

Race 8: 3, 5, 10, 11

JOCKEY TO FOLLOW

Hugh Bowman has some sterling rides on the Kembla card kicking off with our best, Kermajack, in the opener.

Hugh Bowman can get off to a good start at Kembla Grange. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

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RACE 1

Kermajack is trained by Chris Waller who trained his sire Kermadec to win a Doncaster. This one has always looked like he would stretch himself out to well beyond a mile unlike his father and this goes to 2400m for the first time. Fit for purpose and has Hugh Bowman to guide him. De Valera, a $1.25m yearling purchase, has won over 2355m and is likewise a very fit racehorse who has raced well at the venue without winning. Pecuniary Interest is next best.

Bet: Kermajack win, exacta 3 to beat 7.

RACE 2

Tyrol is a Snitzel half brother to Dear Demi – his grand-dam Merlene won the Golden Slipper, his third dam is Bold Promise. This Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou-trained gelding showed dramatic improvement from his first start to the next closing off fast at Hawkesbury over 1300m last time. Go well here. Malibu Blaze – in The Autumn Sun colours – is right to debut over 1500m off what he has shown in his trials. Market watch. Galierro will be running on and is consistent.

Bet: Tyrol win, exacta 2 to beat 3.

RACE 3

Godolphin gelding Regulation is a son of Sheikh Mohammed’s own former multiple Group 1 winner and very underrated young stallion, Contributer. Regulation sent out some encouraging signs at his first preparation that he would make the grade as his career develops. Trials have been ace. Chris Waller has a strong hand in this via Mouvement who is getting close. Segal has Bowman on and is blessed with talent. Circling is the big watch on debut.

Bet: Regulation win.

RACE 4

Arnaqueur is trained by the astute Frencham Jean Dubois, who trained this Astern colt’s half brother Alymerton. As for Arnaqueur, he was an impressive winner here at Kembla at his first ever start and then ran creditably in the Fernhill and Champagne Stakes after that. Has been trialling in great fashion. Alqaab is third-up and ready to peak judging on his closing second at Nowra. Free State is a consistent horse who should have a say in this.

Bet: Arnaqueur win.

RACE 5

Cap Estel is an Anthony Cummings-trained daughter of Zoustar resuming off some excellent trials. The daughter of Zoustar was tipped out after finishing down the order in a midweeker back in March but she was always going to arise as a three-year-old. Jai Lei is another Randwick filly resuming here that would rightfully have aspirations to be chasing some black-type races in the new season. Clearly talented and her trials have been spectacularly good. Entomologist is in the right race but it has come up very strong on the day.

Bet: Cape Estel win, quinella 9,12.

RACE 6

Bracewell is a Jason Coyle-trained gelding who has been scratched from a race or two owing to bad barriers, etc but no such issue for the Dream Ahead debutant today who has barrier 5 at a track that should suit him down to the ground. Trialling like there is something there to excite. Uncle Al Pal absolutely motored home here first-up suggesting that he may have come back in really good shape to progress. Construct is back to provincial grade and surely has the ability. Head Legislator and Mentalism have claims.

Bet: Bracewell each-way, Daily Double 1st leg (2) 2nd leg (3).

RACE 7

Miss Baltimore has been the very essence of progressive in typical Joe Pride fashion. She roared away from her rivals to win first-up at Nwora then went back down then and did the same in a Benchmark 58. Gets harder from here but we don’t know her proper ceiling yet. War Memorial needs to be excused for his first-up failure at Gosford. It was bottomless that day and he is so obviously way better than that anyway. Expect a sharp turnaround in form today. Joy And Mirth has been the black booker in all three runs this time in. Young Heart has claims.

Bet: Miss Baltimore win, box trifecta 4,5,6,8.

RACE 8

Glen Boss and Gwenda Markwell are more often than not, a deadly combination, and so it was here on July 22 when they teamed up to win with Comeback Star. Being her first win, it was naturally the best thing we have seen from the Zoustar filly but it also signals that she is in great shape moving ahead this prep. The big watch – and danger – is Max Whitby’s Travelling Kate. This superbly-bred Kiwi mare caught the eye to some degree when she made her Australian debut and logic suggests that the only way is up from here. Zouly hails from an astute camp and is looking good for 1400m on the big track.

Bet: Comeback Star win.

Originally published asKembla tips: Cummings filly an Oaks prospect

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