Adam Hyeronimus wins on Prince Fawaz at Royal Randwick on May 25. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty Images
Adam Hyeronimus wins on Prince Fawaz at Royal Randwick on May 25. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty Images

Cummings eyes another major surprise in Golden Rose

TRAINER Anthony Cummings believes he can engineer another big-race upset with Prince Fawaz in the Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Cummings has prepared some boilover big-race winners over the years, including $101 long-shot Zavite in the 2011 Ranvet Stakes and $71 bolter Teranaba in the 2006 Spring Champion Stakes.

Prince Fawaz isn't at such long odds but he is the $34 outsider with Ladbrokes in a crack field of three-year-olds for the Golden Rose, with Bivouac the $2.50 favourite.

The odds offered about Prince Fawaz underline the quality of the Golden Rose field, as the Cummings colt is among only two Group 1 winners in the race.

Last season, Prince Fawaz won the JJ Atkins Stakes.

"The Golden Rose has attracted a very, very good field but this happens every year and is exactly what the race is designed to do, get the best three-year-olds in training,'' Cummings said.

"If you think about it, the Golden Rose is one of the great success stories in racing.

"The old STC (Sydney Turf Club) started off the Golden Slipper and then the Golden Rose and in terms of new races, they have both been fantastic successes.

"The Everest is heading in that same direction albeit for older horses.''

Cummings has won the Golden Rose with Duporth in 2008 and narrowly missed with close seconds by Handsome Ransome (2003) and Smart Missile (2011), so he has a handle on what is required to win the three-year-old classic.

Armed with this knowledge, Cummings can sense Prince Fawaz will prove more than competitive on Saturday.

"Prince Fawaz's work on Tuesday was very good and has got him back to where he needs to be,'' he said.

"I'm hoping there is a genuine tempo and I suppose it depends what happens in the first furlong.

"I'm hoping there is enough irritation to create some speed and then to have an even speed thereafter, which will gives all the horses their chance. Everyone is looking at the race with a view they will sit a bit closer and all that does is put speed into the race.''

Prince Fawaz won the Group 1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm in June. Picture: AAP
Prince Fawaz won the Group 1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm in June. Picture: AAP

The Cummings-trained Mizzy keeps winning but keeps starting at better odds, which is likely to be the case again in the Group 2 $400,000 Golden Pendant (1400m).

Mizzy was the $3.30 favourite when she resumed with her comfortable win in the Group 3 Toy Show Quality, then started at $5 when she scored in the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes.

Bookies were betting $6 about Mizzy on Friday, with former Perth mare Enticing Star the $2.60 favourite.

"I'm not surprised the odds are getting longer as I suppose her wins aren't as impressive as the losses of some of the others,'' Cummings said.

"But Mizzy makes her own luck in races and gets the benefit of that. The key is she wins and is there to run very well again.

"She has kept improving since the Sheraco Stakes and goes to the Golden Rose as a better horse again.''

Mrs Madrid provides Cummings with a third competitive feature race chance in the Group 3 $160,000 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m), while her stablemate Baller looks well placed in the Sydney's West Handicap (1400m).

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