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Cumani rues double wide draw


Wide barriers may not stop Matt Cumani from unleashing his pair of promising youngsters at the Lakeside meeting at Ladbrokes Park on Wednesday.

The Ballarat trainer was rueing his luck after the impressive Fille de Charlie drew 11 of 14 in her race and the unbeaten Wetakemanhattan drew 12 of 14 in his race.

‘’I need to have a good chat with the owners and see what we might do but both of them break quite well from the barriers so we might take our chances,’’ Cumani said.

‘’The alternative is to go to Caulfield (on Saturday) where it will probably be a little bit tougher and we don’t know what we’ll get with the barrier draw.’’

Cumani said both horses had the ability to go on to better races.

‘’Fille de Charlie won really nicely at Moonee Valley and I think she has got plenty of ability,’’ he said. ‘’She breaks well and hopefully from barrier 10 she might be able to get the front again.

‘’Wetakemanhattan has done really well since his first-up win.

‘’It’s a different story coming to town but I think he’s got the raw ability there but it just depends on whether his inexperience might get the better of him.’’

Cumani has been enjoying a strong run this season in Victoria with his 22 winners placing him 12th on the premiership table.

Cumani confirmed that his Bagot Handicap runner-up Etah James will have a short spell before being given her chance to measure up to better grade over the autumn months.

‘’I think we’ll probably give her a little freshen-up – not too long a spell because she’s quite a big filly and she puts on weight very quickly – but I’d like to get her out to the paddock for a couple of weeks and then aim for something over the autumn,’’ he said.

‘’I think she’ll goes a bit better on soft ground as well.’’

At just her eighth start, Etah James could not resist the finishing burst of Parthesia in her first test as at stakes level but Cumani said not everything went to plan.

‘’It was a terrific run and if the race had worked out a little differently, she might have been able to hold on,’’ he said.

‘’She found herself in front a little bit soon and Linda (jockey Linda Meech) said she regretted going when she did but she had to make the move. It was a shame nothing came with her and she was a sitting duck out there.

‘’She does that a bit in her gallops. She hits the front and she sort of gets a little bit lost.

‘’She’s still quite immature and a bit green and hasn’t done that much racing and was beaten by a horse that has a little more experience than her.’’
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