Race day focus: Preview, best bets and inside mail for Wyong on Sunday

Race day focus: Preview, best bets and inside mail for Wyong on Sunday
  • PublishedJanuary 29, 2024

Trainer Edward Cummings is not expecting his debutant duo to win at Wyong on Sunday but he wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

The three-time Group 1-winning trainer has chosen this weekend’s Central Coast meeting to kick-off the careers of the well-bred three-year-old pairing, Super Intelligent and Yamato.

Super Intelligent has trialled five times dating back to early-July in 2023 and while she has finished well down the order in each of them, there is more to her than meets the eye.

“She hasn’t quite sorted it out yet so we are of the opinion that she needs to get started and learn by racing,’’ Cummings said.

“We are not expecting anything (on Sunday), we just want to see her jump, relax, and hit the line and deal with feedback we have got then and there and then move forward accordingly.’’

Super Intelligent was born and raised at Coolmore and was a member of the Stud’s 2022 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

The Colm Santry-bred filly was a much admired lot at the auction, knocked down to Cummings in the end for the not insignificant sum of $100,000.

“She was a nice horse at the sales and is from a good family,’’ Cummings explained.

“Her sire, Saxon Warrior, is probably under the radar to some extent at the moment.

“She has taken a bit of work to get to this point but I do feel like there is something there for her for sure.’’

Super Intelligent is the 12th foal of her dam Smart Company whose family members include the likes of Razor Sharp, Super Elegant, Steel Blade and Robian Steel who won the 1989 Stradbroke for Edward’s grandfather, Bart Cummings.

The family is so sought after that Super Intelligent’s half brother, the subsequent Skyline Stakes winner Valentia, topped the 2013 Magic Millions Yearling Sale with a price tag of $1.35m.

Once Super Intelligent is done, Cummings attention turns to Yamato who steps out for the first time in the Carlton & United Breweries Maiden Plate (1200m).

Jean Van Overmeire rides both of Cummings’ debutants. Picture: Jeremy Ng/Getty Images

Jean Van Overmeire rides both of Cummings’ debutants. Picture: Jeremy Ng/Getty Images

The Victorian-bred gelding was scratched from his tentative engagement at the annual Australia Day meeting at Warwick Farm.

“Obviously it is going to be a slightly weaker race on Sunday and presents an opportunity for him to travel,’’ Cummings said.

“He might jump and roll – I am not quite sure what he will do – but he is a really nice type. “He needs blinkers, that’s why we have put them on first-up. We did a similar thing with Cosmic Lad on debut last week and he was very unlucky not to have won in my opinion but still flashed home very nicely.’’

Cummings will be more than 2000km (east) of Wyong come Sunday.

The Australian Cup/Tancred and Queensland Oaks winning trainer is in Auckland, New Zealand, preparing for the upcoming Karaka Yearling Sales.

“I am always on the lookout for fast horses,’’ Cummings said.

“Things have been going well for us so we are looking to capitalise and keep building on the success we have had so far.’’



Race 5 No.12: Yamoto

Has shown improvement each time he has appeared in the public trials. Drawn well and in good hands on and off the track.


Race 7 No.11: Mirra Impact

Won on debut, spelled, came back and was beaten by the wide gate. nothing else, first-up here.


Race 4 No.11: Super Intelligent

Nice style of filly, she will be better in time and over longer than this but she’s got something there.


Race 4: 5, 10, 11, 12

Race 5: 5, 12

Race 6: 1, 2, 5

Race 7: 11


Jean Van Overmeire rides both of the Edward Cummings debutants at Wyong on Sunday.



Lady Brulee appeared to be looking for more ground for most of this preparation and trainer Jake Hull obliged by finding her an albeit a pretty moderate looking 2100m Class 1 at Tamworth. That said, she won by three lengths. Perfect race again on Sunday and her confidence would be sky-high. Tell The Future, a son of Nostradamus, ran a very creditable race indeed last start when third to the handy Suit Of Armour at Kembla over 2000m. Major player here. Tell Me Ma is a last start 1900m winner at Gosford beating Bush Girl who runs here too.

Bet: Lady Brulee to win


Pogacar was an $800,000 yearling. She is by Pierro and is/was the first foal of shock VRC Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit. Pogacar had two runs for Chris Waller, a Doomben win and a Newcastle last. The horse has raced twice now for Sam Kavanagh, a sixth and a last of 10, but he is beautifully placed here third-up in a provincial Class 1. Tom Cruising turned in two rather commendable runs over 1400m each time to start his career off. Always been looking for the mile and gets it on Sunday. Sovereign Dane has some real depth to form. Last-start winner Outakandy was scratched from Newcastle yesterday to run here.

Bet: Pogacar to win


Fugitiva is a well-bred and great looking brown/black coloured daughter of Supido. The Robert and Luke Price-trained filly has two seconds and a fourth (on a Heavy 9) from her three starts to date. The last one was here at Wyong where she was pulling ground of the winner who led and might be handy too. Shigeru has accepted for Tuncurry on Monday. Had a few chances but seems like more or a matter of when than if he’ll win one. Pluckten has run way better than his $51 and $14 SPs at his opening two runs. Getting better with every extra blade of grass placed in front of him.

Bet: Fugitiva to win


Super Intelligent went up $81, they probably looked at the trials and priced her on that which is fair enough in some respects but so far as talent goes and where she might end, she is not an $81 chance or even $41. That said, she is far from being primed but she might be able to sneak into the first three home on ability. We’ll see. Waikato Stud’s Savabeel daughter Rose Gold is unplaced in her four starts but they have been in pretty deep maidens and better still, her best run was her last run. Wezza has city form around the likes of Tropical Squall and Commemorative.

Bet: Super Intelligent (small) each-way, Box First 4: Nos. 5, 10, 11, 12


Yamato is a Victorian-bred son of Toronado whose best progeny to date is the horse that races in these same colours namely Masked Crusader. Yamato is trained by Edward Cummings and has trialled three times ahead of his debut on Sunday. The last one was by far the best one and barrier one can’t hurt around here. Speaking of barriers, Eastern Front has drawn the outside alley but we could lose a few of these along the way to scratchings. As for the horse himself, that was a ripper return when a fast-closing third at Gosford. Extra 100m suits now.

Bet: Yamato each-way, quinella 5, 12, Daily Double 1st leg (12), 2nd leg (11)


Fire Star is a Kia Ora/Snowden Racing colt with a tidy resume consisting of four starts for a win, two seconds and a ninth of 10 in the San Domenico. The win was here at Wyong on debut in August. The two seconds are his only two runs this preparation and look at the horse he chased home – Shezanalister and The Black Cloud. Wears blinkers first time today. James Cummings saddles up two nicely bred three-year-olds namely Massire (first run as a gelding) and Shako whose only win so far came second-up, just as he is on Sunday. Pearls Treasure has a bad gate but won well here on debut.

Bet: Fire Star to win


Mirra Impact, as the name suggests, is a sibling to the Snowden’s Mona Lisa winner Mirra View and the Angst winner Mirra Vision. Mirra Impact has raced twice, he won on debut back in late July at Newcastle over 1200m. He was fourth of 11 first-up at Wyong but you could make the case to say that he was the run of the race and it was barrier 10 of 11 that beat him. City class in the making. Local Broadway Bouncer has won two of four starts. Speaking of the city, Kristen Buchanan has him nominated for Kensington on Wednesday. Selfless Act and Never Sorry are in the mix.

Bet: Mirra Impact to win


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