By Ray Hickson
Trainer Edward Cummings thought so much of well bred colt Prompt Prodigy’s debut he threw in a late nomination for the Golden Rose.
So a campaign aimed at the spring Group 1 for three-year-olds is a real possibility if the youngster can ring up a win at start two in the All Too Hard @ Vinery Handicap (1250m) at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Cummings expects Prompt Prodigy to take plenty of improvement out of his eye-catching third behind Scenic Warrior back on June 8, one day before the $2500 late nomination fee was due.
“We paid up off the back of what was a fairly promising run, he earned five grand that day, so the thinking was he earned the nomination fee,’’ Cummings said.
“If he was to win he’d end up in the paddock fairly promptly and we’d be looking to get him back in time to trial and have a decent hit out before he went into some nice races in the spring.
“You have to manufacture enough time and space between winning now and having a horse that’s ready to go to the next level in the spring. If it doesn’t work out, well, time is on our side and we can aim up for the autumn.’’
The son of Group 1 winner Allez Wonder, who was trained by Bart Cummings, ran a slick last 600m of 35.90 (Punter's Intelligence), just outside the race’s best, in heavy ground at Warwick Farm and did it while wanting to run in and out in the straight.
Cummings said with the benefit of that race experience it’s possible Prompt Prodigy ($4.20 with TAB) could follow early favourite Gunnamatta, who finished just ahead of him on debut, across onto the speed.
“I thought he ran really well, we seem to be drawing poor barriers but we decided he was ready to go to the races,’’ he said.
“He did an excellent job making ground the way that he did and hitting the line. He’s certainly come on since then, and the blinkers stay on for that reason, and I’d expect him to show improvement.
“I think it will come down to how each horse handles the conditions and how the race maps out.
“It’ll depend on how he jumps, if he jumps as well as he did the other day particularly slightly up in trip and the way Canterbury tends to play with the conditions I think it’ll be a good place to be.”
Stablemate Obiri made her debut on the same day as Prompt Prodigy, finishing sixth behind Silhouette, and Cummings said she’s a filly with plenty of upside who could surprise a few in the Harry Angel @ Darley Handicap (1250m).
Prompt Prodigy runs third at Warwick Farm on June 8
The So You Think filly, one of 18 horses Cummings has in work at Hawkesbury, was trapped wide near the speed in her first outing and held her ground to be beaten 3.6 lengths.
“I thought she ran really well, the first four home all got easy runs and she was in that brigade of horses caught wide on the bend and down the running,’’ Cummings said.
“She really stuck to the task with a fair bit of gusto and given the circumstances we couldn’t have asked her to run better than she did.
“Hopefully she can be in a kinder position in the run, she clearly handles the ground, she’s bred to get over a bit further an get better as time progresses.
“We’ll study the race and see where we could potentially get to and make a decision from there.”
Jason Collett rides Obiri at Canterbury and she was a $21 chance with TAB on Tuesday.