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Picture: Mighty Mind winning at Chelmsford on Tuesday (Supplied).

Former Summerveld-based trainer Dylan Cunha has had a few days to remember.
 
This culminated in him becoming apparently only the second South African trainer in history after Mike de Kock to train a winner in the U.K., when his five-year-old Poet’s Voice gelding Mighty Mind won a one mile handicap at Chelmsford under Jason Watson at odds of 7/2 on Tuesday.
 
That followed him having a first Ascot runner on Saturday with a horse called Moliwood (Fastnet Rock), who finished a close up fourth in a Shergar Cup race at odds of 40/1 under Kieran Shoemark.
 
Those two horses were both having their first runs for his yard and are the first of his five horses he is training to be owned by clients.
 
Therefore, his entire outlook, after months of battle, could just have changed in the space of three days.
 
Cunha is training out of Newmarkert.
 
He has kept up a relentless social media campaign for months through platforms of the like of Twitter, Facebook and a regular blog to highlight his yard’s existence.
 
It has been a lesson in positivity and looks to have finally and deservedly paid dividends.
 
In fact his acquisition of Moliwood came about because a family called the Sarkars were touched by him having adopted a rescue kitten with a skew leg, which Dylan calls a “lucky leg”, and becoming a doting parent of the kitten.
 
Moliwood won the “best turned out” horse award on Saturday and ran a fantastic race at long odds.
 
 
Mighty Mind was a stand out in the preliminaries on Tuesday.
 
He travelled like a dream throughout and never looked like losing.
 
 
Mighty Mind looks sure to win more races.
 
Cunha said, “I met Might Mind’s owner (Amedeo Dal Pos) last year and we got on well and had a long chat at the sales.”
 
He sent Might Mind to Dylan shortly thereafter.
 
Dylan concluded, “I hope it takes off now. Exciting times. Never worked so hard but loving it.” 
 
Cunha is the youngest trainer to have won the Summer Cup this century, being just 28 when Strategic news won in 2007. He thus has something else in common with De Kock, who won that race with Evening Mist at the age of 25.