Winona Costin returns the saddle at Kembla Grange today at a meeting that will see the first runners for Anthony and Edward Cummings as a partnership.
Costin has been working her back to fitness after an injury lay-off and Kembla Grange trainer Mick Tubman has booked her for Old Man Sam ($11 on TAB fixed odds) in the PFD Food Services Bert Lillye Memorial Handicap.
“She is going to do it tough coming because she was just out of her apprenticeship when she got hurt,” Tubman said. “She is a good little rider and rode Sam in a jump out last week, so I wanted to stick with her. She has been riding plenty of work around here.
Left: Winona Costin - makes her much-awaited comeback at Kembla Grange today. Image by - Steve Hart Photographics
“The heavy track is not going to help him and it is pretty good field but it is a good way for her to come back and hopefully he runs a good race.”
Costin will also ride Speed Hero ($5.50) for James Coyle in the illawarra Mercury Benchmark 65 Handicap, which was remarkably he last winner before her fall.
Anthony Cummings will send son Edward down to Kembla for his first runners in partnership starting with Life O’brien ($9.50) in the Canadian Class 3 Plate to open the Classic day card.
“Nothing has really changed because we have been working together as a team for quite a while,” Cummings said. “Edward can go down and hopefully be there for his first winner with his name in the book.
“I think our runners in the first two races both have good hopes. Life O’brien and Screamarr ($5) are going to be in better races than they are in at Kembla. It would be good to get off the mark on the first day of the partnership.”
The Cummings also has Lookin' At You ($18) running later in the afternoon.