TRAINER Anthony Cummings provided wife Bernadette with the perfect birthday present when Prima Nova prevailed in a three-way finish to the JRA Plate at Randwick yesterday.
"It is Bernadette’s birthday today, that will make it better for her," Cummings said after Prima Nova’s ($9) short- neck win over Lyncean Academy ($9), with Queen Of Queens ($11) a similar margin away in third.
Cummings also had Adelaide Cup winner Zavite in the JRA Plate and said his Sydney Cup plans were "still to be decided" after the gelding disappointed when finishing down the track.
"Prima Nova may back up next week in the Emancipation Stakes, though," Cummings said.
"Then we’ll look to Brisbane with her. The Hollindale Stakes up there will be the first port of call in Queensland."
Glen Boss was on board Prima Nova and said, while the winning margin was not big yesterday, he was confident.
"From the half-mile I felt I had the race won, she was just travelling that well," Boss said.
"I know she didn’t end up winning by a lot but I thought it was a soft win. I didn’t ask her to over-extend herself."
Chris Munce was aiming for a race-to-race double for trainer Guy Walter when partnering Lyncean Academy and was forced to make a sustained run around the field.
"He had to do things a little bit tough but he kept attacking the line," Munce said "He is honest."
Queen Of Queens loomed as the winner only to be overhauled by Prima Nova and Lyncean Academy, while the Paul Perry-trained Brisbane Cup and The Metropolitan winner Newport caught the eye when hitting the line well to finish fourth.
"It was a good Sydney Cup trial," said Newport’s jockey Hugh Bowman.