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Cummings not getting ahead of himself

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Written by Paul Vettise

James Cummings is taking a grounded approach with Godolphin’s rising sprinting star Trekking (Street Cry {IRE}).

He has set no lofty spring goals at this stage for the progressive 4-year-old, who is putting together a tidy record and has already made his mark at black type level.

“He’s airborne and really rewarding us,” Cummings said. “I think we’ll keep going with him, but I’ll be careful about being too ambitious while he’s able to keep going through the grades and try and place him well.”

“He’s airborne and really rewarding us.” James Cummings

Black type success

Trekking has won five of his 13 starts. Including three of his last four appearances and he went to another level at Caulfield on Sunday with victory in the Listed Spicer Thoroughbreds Testa Rossa S.

“He was impressive. He drew a nice barrier and got a good run,” Cummings said. “He’s had a great preparation so far and he’s gone ahead in leaps and bounds.”

Trekking was given an economical run behind the pace and finished determinedly to lower the colours of the Darren Weir-trained Kemono (JPN) (Kinshasa No Kiseki {JPN}), who had placed in the G3 Bobbie Lewis Quality at his previous outing.

“It was a great team effort to get him here and Kemono is a quality horse and was coming at us fast, but Trekking has got a sharp turn of foot,” Cummings said.

“Our horses have been running well for a good few months and at this time of the year it’s very hard to win these races.” – James Cummings.

“Our horses have been running well for a good few months and at this time of the year it’s very hard to win these races.”

Winning rider Kerrin McEvoy was able to shoulder into the clear at the top of the straight and Trekking did the rest.

“He’ll get a lot of confidence out of that,” he said. “There was a bit of push and shove to get out and he’s got the gears.”

“There was a bit of push and shove to get out and he’s got the gears.” – Kerrin McEvoy.

Trekking

McEvoy has recently returned from Singapore where he teamed up with Hugh Bowman and Mark Zahra to win the final leg of the Premier Gateway International Jockeys’ Challenge.

“It was a great initiative and a great thrill to represent my country, along with Hughie and Mark. We all had a lovely time.”

Trekking is the first foal of the multiple winner Outdoor (Redoute’s Choice) to race and he is a grand-son of the former champion 3-year-old Serenade Rose (Stravinsky {USA}). She won three times at the elite level in the VRC Oaks, The Australian Oaks and in the Arrowfield Stud S.

It is also the family of the former Hong Kong Horse of the Year Viva Pataca (Marju {IRE}), a two-time winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup.