Anthony Cummings and his son Edward are keeping the family tradition going. Picture: Getty
Anthony Cummings and his son Edward are keeping the family tradition going. Picture: Getty

Young Ed adds to Cummings legend

WIN lose or draw, history will be made when Edward Cummings, grandson of the legendary Bart Cummings, saddles up his first runner in his own right.

Cummings has chosen the prestigious Black Opal Stakes to make his training debut, opening up the possibility of being a Group-winning trainer on day one of his new career should unraced two-year-old Gin Runner join Trapeze Artist, Criterion, Spirit Of Kingston and Golden Slipper winner Catbird on the honour roll.

Last year's winner, Encryption, is trained by Edward's younger brother James, both sons of ­Anthony Cummings.

Edward is not fazed to be taking on a Group race with his first runner; indeed Gin Runner was an acceptor for Sunday's Group 2 ATC Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

"If I have learnt anything from dealing with Dad and Bart, it's about trying to take the opportunities when they present,'' Cummings said.

"It's about making sure the horse is going to produce on the right day and you take your chances.''

Edward Cummings is not fazed to be taking on a Group race with his first runner. Picture: Jenny Evans
Edward Cummings is not fazed to be taking on a Group race with his first runner. Picture: Jenny Evans

To illustrate the point, he said a prime example was his father's outstanding sprinter Your Song.

"While it's a slightly different scenario, Your Song is a perfect example of having the right horse on the right day in the right race," he said.

Trainers Anthony and Edward Cummings after winning The Villiers with Sky Boy in December. Picture: Getty
Trainers Anthony and Edward Cummings after winning The Villiers with Sky Boy in December. Picture: Getty

"The day that he won the BTC Cup by five lengths beating a star-studded Group 1 field, he was also nominated for a benchmark 85 at Randwick for three-year-olds.''

Gin Runner is no doubt worthy of being tested against Sunday's Black Opal hopefuls given his super encouraging trial at Hawkesbury.

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