By Ray Hickson
A Group 1 can wait for in-form mare Mizzy with trainer Anthony Cummings keen to “chase the money” and aim at the inaugural $7.5m The Golden Eagle.
The four-year-old, not that long ago regarded as a non-winner, made it three straight wins this preparation in the Group 2 $400,000 TAB Golden Pendant (1400m) and in normal circumstances Cummings would be looking for a Group 1.
But the Eagle it is - unless someone wants to take a punt on The TAB Everest, the trainer was quick to mention.
“We’ll see what comes up, today was proof of where she is in the pecking order,’’ Cummings said.
“I would think it gives her more credence as a potential Group 1 mare. I just think the two money races are the Silver Eagle and the Golden Eagle.
“If someone wants to talk to be about the Everest I’m all ears - that would be a bit of fun. But arguably there’s more money going into the other two races.”
Mizzy led all the way to add the Pendant to her wins in the Toy Show and Sheraco as he held over a length on Champagne Cuddles with Dyslexic having her chance in third.
The disappointment of the race was the favourite Enticing Star, who held Chris Waller Racing’s TAB Everest slot going into her Sydney debut, finishing in fifth place.
The $500,000 Silver Eagle (1300m) is run at Randwick on October 12 and Mizzy’s presence adds to the strength of that race with both Graff and Fasika headed there, along with interstaters like The Inevitable and Buffalo River.
Then it’s three weeks into the Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill on November 2.
“She’s pretty much ticked every box, sure we haven’t had a Group 1 but the money is here right now,’’ Cummings said.
“Next year she’s not eligible.’’
Mizzy’s rise in 2019 has been significant.
She started the year with a placing in the Inglis Sprint in February then narrowly won a Canterbury maiden at her tenth start.
In the autumn she was just off the placegetters in the Group 1 Surround Stakes and Coolmore Classic but she’s gone to a new level at four.
“She’s very good. All this preparation she has made her own luck,’’ Cummings said.
“Today over a slightly longer trip she was more dynamic at the finish. Really, she was the best horse in the race I’d say.”
Mizzy wins the Golden Pendant at Rosehill Gardens
Jockey Tommy Berry said Mizzy has been a lot easier to handle this preparation and it is showing in her races.
He feels she’d have no problems with the 1500m of a Golden Eagle in her current vein of form.
“She ran out the 1400m pretty strong today, she’s just a no nonsense sort of horse and she just knows where the winning post is, that’s for sure,” Berry said.
“She got a nice couple of cheap sectionals mid-race and she was tough late.
"She was more relaxed again today going to the barriers so Anthony’s done not a bad job with her. We’re a good combination.”