Bart dials in with winning tactics
A telephone call from sidelined trainer Bart Cummings helped lightly-raced colt I Think I Do score a maiden win at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
The Cummings-trained Redoute’s Choice colt was having just his second start in the Cranebrook Maiden Plate (1600m) but relished the step up in distance to win by half a neck.
“The boss rang me from headquarters and said we need to be up near the lead today because the rail is so far out (five metres) and he was proven to be right,” stable foreman James Cummings said.
Cummings the trainer has been out of action since breaking his pelvis in a fall but his influence over his famous stable remains obvious.
“He (I Think I Do) showed a big bonus today by having enough gate speed to be up closer near the lead,” James Cummings said.
“He might have a lot to learn still but I think he’s ticked a big box here today by being able to race handy.”
I Think I Do is out of Wakeful Stakes-winning mare Quays who was placed in both the AJC Australian Oaks and Queensland Oaks in 2002.
James Cummings said there were no grand plans for I Think I Do this preparation but said the colt could develop into a Derby-type horse next year.
“He’s always shown a bit of quality and there’s always been something about him,” Cummings said.
“I think there’s enough quality there to think next year he could come into his own and show some better things.”
The three-year-old was ridden by Hugh Bowman who had the colt just behind the speed and then in the clear from the top of the straight.
Over a shorter distance (1200m) on debut he was back near the tail of the field when sixth to Light Brigade at the same track.
“He certainly relished the step up in distance today and knuckled down well to the line,” Cummings said.
Earlier, the Grahame Begg-trained filly Miss Midas made it two straight wins to start her career with victory in the Warwick Farm 100 Club Handicap (1300m).
The three-year-old filly defeated Hot Rocks by a short head to go with a debut win at Kembla in a 1200m Maiden last month.
“It’s very good for a horse to win their first two starts because it’s not easy,” Begg said.
“The way the race was run today was suitable as she was able to get the drop on the leaders and then hit the line.”
Begg said there was no firm plans for Miss Midas but a trip to Melbourne for a Listed 1400m race on Melbourne Cup day is a consideration.