Hawkesbury-based Edward Cummings is coming to the end of his first year as a trainer and the future looks bright with promising winners like Sunborn among his team at Myrtle House.
Sunborn became the first juvenile winner of the season by Casino Prince when she scored on debut in the Jack Ashman Plate (900m) at Newcastle last Sunday. An eager participant for Glyn Scholfield, she collared front-runner Tudor Music (Your Song) at the furlong and edged ahead to score a narrow but convincing victory.
They streeted the remainder of the field by four lengths.
Sunborn (2f Casino Prince – Honeymoon Cruise by Fastnet Rock) was bred at Bangaloe Stud and her owners include Maven Racing and IQ Thoroughbreds. She’s a younger half-sister to city winner Making Whoopee from the family of Hong Kong Group 1 winner Mr Stunning.
Making Whoopee had impressed Cummings while he was training in partnership with his father Anthony and he went ahead and purchased Sunborn for $58,000 at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in 2019 from the Widden Stud draft.
“At that price, it was one of my best-value buys earlier this year,” Cummings said. “She’s a more forward type than Making Whoopee and I knew she would be up and running early. It’s an in-form, active family and Casino Prince is coming off a bumper year with the likes of Baccarat Baby and Lim’s Cruiser.”
Sunborn will now head to the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Randwick this Saturday, December 14.
Cummings targeted fellow Vinery sire More Than Ready (USA) at the Magic Millions 2YO Sale in October. He paid $120,000 for the colt out Allez Wonder who will race for the same connections as Sunborn.
Allez Wonder was a Group 1 winner for Edward’s grandfather Bart and her More Than Ready filly Kooweerup won the South Australian Breeders’ Stakes Gr.3 in April. She foaled another More Than Ready filly for Vinery partners Gerry Harvey and Steve McCann in October.