FORMER South African jockey Glyn Schofield won Saturday’s Gr1 Victoria Derby over 2500m at Flemington Park, Melbourne, on More Than Ready colt Prized Icon, who provided young trainer James Cummings with his first success in the historic race, one that three generations of his family had also won.
Prized Icon ($17) was having his sixth start this campaign and came from worse than midfield to win this top race. He won by two and a half lengths over race favourite Sacred Elixir, with a further one and a quarter lengths back to Team Hawkes-trained Inference.
“Most of Australia knows the name,” James Cummings said. “I reflect on it but right now I’m proud of the horse and the job he’s done. He’s been a model of consistency throughout his career and Glyn Schofield has been a part of that. The horse was just in his own comfort zone and happy in his own space and he was strong.”
James Cummings trained in partnership with his grandfather Bart until the master trainer’s death in 2015. Bart Cummings trained five winners of the Victoria Derby and his father, Jim, trained one, Comic Court (Powerscourt), which won in 1948 and went on to win the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m).
Anthony Cummings, who won the 2012 Victoria Derby with Fiveandahalfstar, was also on hand to celebrate the win of his son. – ANZ Bloodstock News.