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Tactical Advantage Tests Carnival Credentials

By Brad Gray

There are always a handful of summer horses that burst onto the scene and play a role over the autumn carnival and this year, few have been more impressive than Tactical Advantage.

The three-year-old gelding has won both of his starts this campaign and was scratched from an easier assignment on Friday night in favour of Saturday with the view to putting is carnival credentials on the line.

“He is racing for more than double the prizemoney on Saturday and he is getting the opportunity to test himself against some really good three-year-olds, with race fitness on his side and a last start win at the track,” Cummings said.

“A little freshen between runs has him spot on and if he’s sharp enough against these horse than he I think he is certainly a little chance as a fringe Listed or Group Three horse over the carnival.

“I have a little plan in place but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. This is a big step up for Tactical Advantage and he is going to need to deliver here to be worthy.”

Tactical Advantage's last start Randwick win

Cummings will also be represented by Exceeds in the two-year-old race which opens proceedings at Randwick. The daughter of Snitzel ran fourth on debut behind From Within, Invader and Chauffeur.

“She comes out of a strong race and looking back, she would have been better with a second trial but we were happy to go to the races and get the benefit of race experience. Now she has that on her side and three weeks between runs, she’ll be well suited by the 1000m.”

“She didn’t need the blinkers second-up, she just needed them to help her on debut. I think she’ll run well.”

Exceed's debut behind From Within

Meanwhile, Cummings is hopeful that Tree Of Jesse can win for the stable at Canterbury on Friday night, with the mare coming towards the end of her racing career.

“She is definitely on the back nine. This is looking like being her last preparation with us but her run last start was a return to form. This is her best chance all preparation of winning a race.”

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