Cummings has done it again.
His star up and coming three-year-old So You Think has lead all the way to blow the 2009 $3,000,000 Group 1 Cox Plate opposition away.
So You Think ($12,$14) was rated perfectly with his lightweight by jockey Glen Boss dictating terms from the front and never looked in threat, ambling to the home turn under a strong hold despite quickening up from the 1000m mark.
The final turn was not the smoothest for the colt, but when Boss balanced him up the race was over in a few strides and he kicked clear to the cheers of the packed stands.
The Gai Waterhouse trained Manhattan Rain ($21,$19) made it a three-year-old quinella stalking So You Think for the journey and running on gamely in the straight to finish just over 2 lengths from the winner.
Zipping finished third, one position back from his 2008 performance but lost no fans taking off from the 1000m and making sure the race was truly run.
Ridden by Steven Arnold, the eight-year-old hit a flat spot before the turn but found the line well to finish another neck away third.
The man renowned for his Cups now has 4 Plates, only 3 behind the Great Tommy Smith, but modestly gave all the glory to his young charge.
"He did the job, he had the ability it was just a matter of getting him relaxed and it turned out quite well really," said Cummings.
Winning the Cox Plate at just his fifth start Cummings was happy to declare So You Think one of the best horses he has trained.
"This is one of the best horses I have ever trained,"
"I think he has a very good future ahead of him, he is up with the better ones, Taj Rossi was something special as a three-year-old but this colt isn't far away," he added.
By English Derby winning sire High Chaparral and out of Triassic, a Nijinsky mare, So You Think was bred to stay and according to Cummings couldn't be overlooked at the 2008 New Zealand Premier Yearling sale.
"If you have an eye for a horse you couldn't miss him," said Cummings.
The other character in this amazing story was jockey Glen Boss who had never ridden the colt before today.
"I encouraged Glen Boss to ride him and although he had to waste I told him I'd buy him a feed later," Bart joked.
A jubilant Glen Boss was ever the entertainer following the win, throwing his goggles to the adoring crowd before running along the fence-line giving high fives.
He praised the training efforts of Cummings and the horse before embracing his wife, who relocated to Melbourne so that Boss could enjoy greater riding opportunities.
When asked what the secret was to training so many great winners, the question on so many racing fans lips, Cummings needed just two words.
Photos By Quentin Lang
© 2014 Published 24/10/09