High Midnight has been a standout performer for Bart and James Cummings this season and has earned a place in the 2015 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) at Doomben on June 6th following two standout victories.
Posting three race wins over just six career starts so far, High Midnight was unlucky to be caught wide in the Power Access BM75 (1900m) on May 9th but mustered and impressive final straight sprint to claim a standout win; repeating the dose and booking a trip north in the Ardrossan Batlow Apples BM73 (2000m) at Randwick last Saturday.
Understandably thrilled with his recent form, James Cummings conceded the High Chaparral gelding will need to find an extra gear if he is to be competitive in the 2015 Queensland Derby but is confident he is more than capable of doing just that.
“He’s going to go to the Derby,” Cummings told Racing Ahead.
“We had an eye on that Derby for a while now. He was a little mixed in competition in the autumn but he’s just gotten better with each run.
“We really like the way he fought back on Saturday. He’s an improving horse but more importantly he’s got that fitness on his side.
“He can be a sneaky hope of running a good race next weekend.
“It looks like being a really competitive race and an even bunch or horses.”
Debuting for a credible fifth in the Show Pony Events Maiden (1400m) on February 22nd, High Midnight clearly relished a step-up to a mile when taking out the Coca-Cola Amatil Maiden only three weeks later.
Failing to make much of an impact when tenth in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) on March 28th, High Midnight showed he was more than up to black type races when running on well for fourth in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m), in what was his only other competitive start prior to his two most recent successes.
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