There is only one result that could top what trainer Steve Cummins achieved the last time stable mates Nunya Bizz and Smart Remark raced.
Nunya Bizz flew late to edge out Smart Remark at Moruya on July 17 and on Sunday at the Sapphire Coast they are both well placed to both win and cap off a memorable month for Cummins.
Two weeks ago, Cummins trained his first quinella with the duo and on Sunday they could better that result. Smart Remark is still a maiden after 12 starts but is ideally suited against the class of opposition he faces in the opening race – the Greencape Lighthouse Maiden (1208m).
If Smart Remark wins, Cummins will face a lengthy wait to see if Nunya Bizz can repeat her last effort in the final race – the Eden Fisherman’s Club Eden Cup (1208m).
Cummins has most bases covered in the racing game as a trainer and horse transporter while his partner, Janelle Dunkley, is the veterinarian at the Moruya Veterinary Hospital.
Training racehorses is part of his operation and he is looking forward to Sunday with plenty of enthusiasm.
“Smart Remark shouldn’t still be a maiden and should have won a race before now,” he said. “His last run was very good and his stable mate just got him.
“Nunya Bizz is a horse on the way up and she outdoes him on ability – she is also still learning her trade.
“They are the only two I have racing so the last time they raced was a very good result for us.”
Smart Remark was bred by Cummins and his fellow owners while Nunya Bizz is raced by her breeder Ralph Tierney along with Janelle Dunkley.
The 33-year-old is hopeful the pair can provide him with more success.
“I’m confident they will both be right in the finish. Smart Remark is knocking on the door for a win and Nunya Bizz can go on with it,” he said.
The Sapphire Winter Sprint is the feature race on the seven event card where the track is rated a Good 4.
It will be the final meeting of the season in the South East Racing Association with plenty of interest in the local premierships.
Canberra trainer Luke Pepper takes a one win lead into the last meeting and has a strong list of runners, while Brodie Loy leads Simon Miller by two in the jockey’s title.
Miller could easily bridge the gap with an outstanding book of rides with Loy presently out of the country riding in New Caledonia for another week.