“He’s nice and forward, well and experienced and I really do like 1100 metres for his first-up,” Cummings said of Paulele. “It’s no problem for him at six furlongs, but he just wants to have that 1100 snuck into his program to have him perfect for him later in the campaign.
“[Zethus] has got that great Remarque form. I just think Remarque is a star. He carries that form with him wherever he goes then he improved beautifully second-up. It wasn’t heavy [in the Canonbury Stakes], but testing enough. He’s got fitness, experience, recent match practice and that’s invaluable when handling soft going.”
Anamoe’s a beautiful colt. He’s a real chance in this race, a lot of x-factor in him
The horse which Zethus beat home in the Canonbury Stakes, Chris Waller’s Home Affairs, was a $3.60 favourite with Sportsbet on Friday for the Silver Slipper.
While Four Moves Ahead’s Silver Slipper withdrawal might have shaken up markets for the Sydney two-year-old feature, the Blue Diamond has remained almost status quo after Enthaar passed a vet check on Friday. Racing Victoria reported she was showing signs of lameness on Thursday.
Enthaar was a $2.40 favourite after news filtered through she had been cleared to start, but Grahame Begg’s filly Dosh was a scratching.
Cummings said there would still “have to be a question mark” over Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s Enthaar, while similarly talking up the chances of $7.50 third pick Anamoe, which Damien Oliver agreed to ride.
“He’s a great assistant to us and I think he’s got a bit of the [Darren] Beadman knack with knowing the horses we’ve got in training and the way we prepare them,” Cummings said. “He understands how we give them the opportunity to find their feet early.
“He’s nearly had as much experience working from the other side of the fence with Bart and Anthony so knows a little bit where I’m coming from and I know where he’s going.
“Anamoe’s a beautiful colt. He’s a real chance in this race, a lot of x-factor in him. He’s got the blinkers on because it’s a Blue Diamond, there’s going to be a lot of pressure and he needs something to aim up at. That’s it’s own challenge for him, but this is a pretty promising colt.”
Cummings warned punters not to underestimate Ingratiating ($9.50) while hailing Arcaded ($15) “as a bit of Caulfield specialist” as he tries to repeat the stable’s two-year-old heroics of a couple of seasons ago.
“We’re four weeks out from the Golden Slipper and we’re certainly enthusiastic about the team we’ve assembled and we’re cheering them on for the handful of horses that really might prove to be topliners,” he said.
Adam Pengilly is a Sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.