Dealer Principal to try, try again
A luckless Emirates Stakes result has convinced trainer Anthony Cummings to keep Dealer Principal in training to try to snap a spring losing streak.
Dealer Principal hasn’t been able to win in five starts so far during an interrupted campaign but Cummings believes he has found the right race to arrest the run of outs.
"Dealer Principal is getting ready for the Canberra Cup," Cummings said.
"He’s had a fairly light spring and it looks a nice race for him because I’m also looking at the Summer Cup (at Randwick)."
Dealer Principal, last season’s Rosehill Guineas winner, gave Cummings more than a hint of his Group One form despite being beaten into fifth place to All Silent in the $1 million Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 8.
"In the straight he got onto the back of Bank Robber but unfortunately that horse didn’t take him anywhere," Cummings said.
"If he had been able to get into the clear at the right time I think he would have run second for sure."
Dealer Principal took his place in the Emirates after a proposed Hong Kong sale fell through at the 11th hour.
This year’s Canberra Cup will be run on November 30 and carries $200,000 in stakes, double the 2007 purse.
It will be run over 2000m as a quality handicap with a maximum 61kg topweight.
"The conditions of the race are ideal for a Group One winner like Dealer Principal," Cummings said.
Chris Munce, meanwhile, will take another step on the comeback trail when he rides in barrier trials at Randwick on Friday.
Munce was recently released from jail after serving 20 months of a 30-month sentence over a tips-for-bets bribery scandal in Hong Kong.
But he hasn’t taken long to find support from most of Sydney’s leading trainers despite facing 36 charges from an adjourned Hong Kong Jockey Club inquiry.
By Warwick Barr