Trainer expects more from Newcastle pair

LOOKING FORWARD: James Cummings says Cisco Kid and Alfred the Great will be better than their recent form suggests. Picture: Getty ImagesRANDWICK trainer James Cummings has warned punters to expect a sharp improvement from two ofhis three gallopers racing on Newcastle’s Beaumont track on Saturday.
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Cummings, who is in New Zealand inspecting yearlings for the Karaka Sale, spoke to theHerald on Friday about the prospects of his three runners,Cisco Kid, Alfred The Great andWho’s Gorgeous.

The well bred Cisco Kid runs in the opening event, a 2200-metre class 1 and maiden plate.

“He has run last in his two runs this preparation after being very slow to leave the barriers,” Cummings said.

“We have worked on Cisco Kid’s barrier manners and he is now the fittest he has been thispreparation.

“His only win was at Canterbury, and he has the ability to win a race like this.

“Cisco Kid will appreciate the jump from 1600 to 2200.

“His gallop on Tuesday morning was his best this time in.”

The second of the talented young trainer’s runners on Saturday is four-year-old Alfred the Great in a1350mmaiden plate.

The gelding has been beaten about five lengths in his only two starts, atWarwick Farm and Scone, and hehas not raced since May.

“Alfred the Great has been impressive in two recent Randwick trials.He is coming back from aninjury, and I haven’t done a lot with him at home.

“I have elected to start him in a 1350-metre race first up as he will be comfortable over that trip.He has a bad barrier, but he will go forward to offset that.Alfred the Great has never felt better.”

Who’s Gorgeousis the early favourite in the 1300mclass 1.The filly won her only start atCanterbury in May.

“A well bred filly with a metropolitan win in her only start in May,” Cummings said.“I didn’t race Who’s Gorgeous in her second preparation as her trials were not good enough.

“The filly is much better this time, but she may get back as she doesn’t have a lot of early speed.”

Cisco Kid and Alfred the Great are part-owned by Malaysian businessman Dato Tan Chin Nam, theman who raced four Melbourne Cup winners,Think Big twice, Saintly and Viewed, and all four weretrained by James Cummings’ grandfather, the legendary Bar Cummings.

The powerful Godolphin stable,a great supporter of the Newcastle Jockey Club’smeetings, has only one starteron Saturday, and he has the credentials to win.

Macavity steps out in the 1350mmaiden plate with Grant Buckley aboard.

The three-year-oldhas been placed in two of his three starts at Hawkesbury and Wyong.

Macavity has not raced sinceSeptember, but his recent trials suggest that he is ready to win first up.

On a day in which most Broadmeadow-trained horses will struggle, the Paul Perry-trained PrinceManitou appears to have the best chance of the locals in the final event, a 1350m benchmark 70 handicap.

The four-year-old has proved difficult to ride on occasions with his habit of hanging, butif he races truly, he could beat these.

In his only start on the Beaumont track on November 21 henever got clear in the straight and was three lengths from the winner on the post.

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