THE Cummings clan has weight of numbers on its side in a bid to win Saturday’s Caulfield Cup but Anthony Cummings will first try to snare today’s group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield with emerging filly Sister Madly.Cummings’s father, Hall of Fame entrant Bart, has three runners – Roman Emperor, Viewed and Allez Wonder – in the Caulfield Cup, while Anthony has Zavite and Red Lord guaranteed starts. Stablemate Miss Darcey is the fourth emergency for the $2.5 million event.”It’s a little bit disappointing Miss Darcey didn’t make it into the field,” Cummings jnr said yesterday. ”I suppose the fact she ran second in the Bart Cummings at Flemington cost her that final place in the top 18. She was beaten narrowly by Light Vision and he took the last spot.”Cummings said Red Lord was ”spot on” for the Caulfield Cup having galloped well on the course proper at Caulfield yesterday morning. The Naturalism Stakes winner will be ridden by Glyn Schofield on Saturday while Mark Zahra will partner Zavite.”Zavite has come out of his race [Herbert Power] last Saturday in the best form of his career,” Cummings said. ”He’s rated around $101 to win the Caulfield Cup and that seems silly odds to me. I’d say he’d be closer to a $15 or $16 chance.”Cummings is confident he can prepare for Saturday with a Thousand Guineas win courtesy of Sister Madly, which is a half-sister to former Hong Kong star sprinter Silent Witness.Cummings did not buy Sister Madly at the sales, although he liked the filly by Redoute’s Choice. But in a twist of fate he was given the horse to train by breeder Ian Smith, for who Cummings formerly prepared Innocent Kiss and Rose Of Cimmaron.”She was a really nice type of filly and I liked her a lot at the sales,” Cummings said yesterday. ”But I was buying horses for Patinack Farm at the time and Nathan [Tinkler] had enough Redoute’s Choice fillies as it was so he didn’t want to buy her.”Cummings said that with Sister Madly’s reserve price being about $800,000 he could not afford to risk buying her himself.”It was big bucks to have to part with,” he said. ”But it’s all worked out well now with Ian giving her to me to train.”Cummings recalls seeing another progeny of Sister Madly’s dam, Jade Tiara – this youngster sired by El Moxie – going through the sale ring, but he was unable to buy it.”It was Silent Witness,” he said. ”He was a really impressive yearling. But I was on holidays, so to speak, at the time. I couldn’t buy him even if I wanted to.”Cummings was referring to his stint on the sidelines after falling foul with Racing NSW stewards after a number of his horses tested positive to having been implanted with the banned substance trenbolone.”We’ve moved on from that period now,” said Cummings, who has enjoyed recent group 1 wins this spring with Turffontein (Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes) and Road To Rock (George Main Stakes).”The stable has been going well so if it could continue with Sister Madly in the Thousand Guineas then that would be great. She has the right form to be a chance in the race. She did finish second to More Joyous in the Flight Stakes at her last start and she beat home Melito in that race.”Sister Madly has only had four starts and is yet to miss a place and Cummings knows she has the potential to be a top-grade performer.”She does things on the track that only the good horses do,” he said. ”And she made the trip to Melbourne in good shape, which is good considering she is taking on the best fillies around at the moment.”
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