Kensington races: Anthony Cummings confident Nordicus is ready to achieve his destiny

With no prospect of a stud career, Australia’s best bred gelding – Nordicus – is going to have to race his way to breaking even with his lofty $900,000 price tag starting at Kensington on Thursday.

Nordicus, a son of Triple Crown winner Dundeel out of Golden Slipper and VRC Oaks winner Miss Finland, resumes in today’s Longines Sprint (1150m) for trainer Anthony Cummings.

Cummings has had the horse for four of his eight runs having taken over from original trainer, Bjorn Baker.

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Nordicus is ready to live up to his potential. Picture: Simon Bullard/AAP ImageSource:AAP

The switch almost paid instant dividends in March when Nordicus finished a nose second to his then stablemate Indy Car, who now races as Presence in Hong Kong, in an 1100m sprint on the Kensington track.

Nordicus has been tuned up to go one better on Thursday after an impressive trial win at Randwick 11-days ago with Regan Bayliss in the saddle.

“It was pretty good and he has worked well since,’’ Cummings said. “He had a good gallop on Saturday morning and he’s in good form.

“His first-up run last time was all but a winning run and he looks to be back in at last that sort of form.

“Indy Car came out at his next run and won a stakes race so it gives a good idea about the depth of his form.

“Nordicus is a horse of some quality no doubt. He has had a few issues a long the way but I am hopeful that those are behind him and he will go on and be the racehorse he was destined to be.”

While Nordicus has it all ahead of him, not so his Kensington-bound stablemate Natanya who will be retired before the end of 2020 to become a broodmare.

The daughter of Shania Dane is in fact in foal to Everest winner Yes Yes Yes who was hand-picked by Cummings as her first mate.

“I just figured that from the physical aspect that Yes Yes Yes is a good contrast to what Natanya offers,’’ Cummings explained.

The Anthony Cummings-trained Natanya is in foal to The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes. Picture: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

“She is obviously a good short course horse as he was and the extra strength that he can provide would be a good result.’’

Pregnancy obviously agrees with Natanya, she was 19 starts without a win but managed to finally break through at her most recent appearance at Hawkesbury.

“They went along quick enough and she did a good job to stick her head out and have a go.

“Kensington does tend to favour on-speed horses it seems so I am not unhappy about that because she won’t be far away.’’

Cummings, meanwhile, will have two sets of the Saintly/So You Think colours in his kit-bag given the presence of Think Big Stud-bred Pendragon three-year-olds, Tailoring and promising debutante Cash Register.

Tailoring is the result of a cleverly crafted mating which has resulted in him carrying a double cross of classic racehorse and stallion, Grosvenor.

“He is a nice horse,’’ Cummings said.

“1400m is probably the bottom end of his distance range but everything points to him being a nice horse over ground as we get along.

“Cash Register is a quicker article. There is a lot of speed in the family and he has got that sort of speed himself and I expect him to be around the finish,’’ Cummings said.


Win, lose or draw — nothing will be finishing faster in any race at Corowa on Thursday than Nevada Dane.

The Albury-trained gelding was responsible for one of the runs of the day when he raced at the Kensington twilight meeting on December 4.

Nevada Dane had completely lost touch with the field half way into the 1000m sprint but suddenly got going in the straight hurtling himself home with sectionals of 10.92 seconds and 11.68 seconds together with the fastest last 600m in the Longines Sprint.

“He sort of fell out of the gates and then he got cut out by another horse,’’ trainer Ron Wellington explained.

Nevada Dane (not pictured) is a leading chance for Ron Wellington at Crowowa on Thursday. Picture: Jenny EvansSource:News Corp Australia

“Then I think he must have hit his shins or something and he took forever to really start striding out and the never pushed him but once he got himself mobile, he got home really well.

“He has drawn well on Thursday, so if he jumps cleanly I am just hoping he can be thereabout with them and can finish off.’’

Thursday’s Carlton Limited Benchmark 66 Handicap (1000m) was Wellington’s preferred option for Nevada Dane who was also nominated for a possible return to Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Joining Nevada Dane on the 60km road trip from Albury to Corowa are chestnut stablemates Coin Drop and The View whose third dam happens to be the great, Scomeld.

As for Coin Drop, he made his debut at Sha Tin in November 2019 finishing last with Blake Shinn riding.

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Fast forward 12 months and the son of Hussonet was with Patrick Payne for whom he posted two consecutive ‘fifths’ at Ballarat and Wangaratta respectively prior to him changing hands.

Coin Drop turned in a mighty effort first time out for Wellington when beaten in the last stride in a 1050m maiden on the Wagga Riverside track 10-days ago.

“He was travelling three-wide with not a lot of cover first-up and we thought he was a little bit underdone so with that run under his belt, and barrier one, I am expecting him to run quite well,’’ Wellington said.

Originally published asKensington preview: Nordicus set for first-up assault

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