Trainer Edward Cummings plans to unleash Queensland Oaks heroine Duais first up in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) next week before eyeing more Group 1 glory this spring.
The Hawkesbury conditioner confirmed his star daughter of Shamus Award was ready to make an early spring return after a solid trial hit out on home turf on Monday morning.
Duais coasted along at her own pace before she was ridden out late by regular jockey Hugh Bowman in a 900m heat, finishing 5-3/4 lengths off the winner Wild Ruler.
Wild Ruler starts his bid for a #TABEverest slot taking out the opening trial at @hawkesburyrc on Monday (finish line the start of the red fence marking) downing Adelong with Trekking a close third. Also in the trial was Group 1 winner Duais. @[email protected]/YwN13cpodx
It was her first public appearance since her Oaks triumph in the first week of June, which provided Cummings with a maiden Group 1 win.
Cummings confirmed he’s now ready to send the gun mare back to the races on Saturday week at Randwick as his stable gun prepares for a massive few months ahead.
“I was happy with the trial and it will be the only one she has,” he said.
“She has come back well and has put on a bit of size.
“She will start off in the Tramway (Stakes) and there are options for us there after that.”
Duais holds nominations for Victoria’s big three spring majors – the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup and Cummings plans to keep ‘everything on the table’ at this stage of the spring.
Duais is a $51 outsider in TAB early markets for both the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup but is half that quote for the Caulfield Cup ($26).
She is $15 for the Epsom Handicap and The Metropolitan while the four-year-old is $26 for the Caulfield Stakes.
Cummings also has the Group 2 placegetter Prompt Prodigy and the Golden Rose hopeful Dark Rebel among the nominations for Saturday’s Group 3 San Domenico Stakes day at Kembla Grange.
Originally published asCummings reveals Duais return date
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