Anthony Cummings and Tommy Berry had a black type double at Randwick on Saturday with first Libertini winning the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) and secondly with Mizzy winning the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1100m).
It was Mizzy’s first race since April and the Zoustar four-year-old mare was on form to show a good turn of foot to win with a 1 1/4L margin over Soothing (Lonhro) and Kathy O’Hara who were blocked for racing room at just the time that Mizzy sprinted.
My Epression (NZ) (Showcasing) and Glyn Schofield were third with Dyslexic fourth.
The time was 1.02.23 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 33.47. Mizzy paid $3.30 on fixed odds and $3.10 on the tote as favourite.
Anthony Cummings, picture Sportpix.com.au
“I think there is better to come from her. She has been out of her grade a lot of her life. I have always seen that she was capable of doing what she did today. The 100-1 in the Ming Dynasty when she was beaten a nose was an expensive day. Nevertheless she is a really good race filly and she is going to have a very good carnival,” said Cummings.
“Barriers meant a lot. She just had to come out, didn’t have to spend a penny, find her own spot.
“We’ll aim at everything, that is always the answer [laughing],” he said.
“I had the right book of rides coming into the day. These horses have all been trialling well and doing everything good at home, you just had to see them come back and produce it on race day and they have all done that,” said Berry.
“She is a very exciting mare this. She has always raced in the highest of company and she was very tough, she had a lot of runs last prep.
“She came in so much stronger, she probably doesn’t look any bigger but she gives a great feeling underneath. She is a lot more relaxed in the barriers, she’s a much nicer ride that’s for sure.
“She is probably a late maturer because she has only picked up on that this preparation. She is like a fine wine, just takes a while,” he said.
Berry was suspended after the ride for blocking Soothing.
Mizzy, out of the Magnus mare Mizzy Cummings, is co-owned by Cummings along with Dorrington Farm, Mr B Elleman, Mr A R McAnulty, JW, RPM and PJM Kelly. She was twice Group 1 placed in fourth last season and Saturday’s win was her second from 14 starts. With five other placings she has earned stakes of $336,580.
Mizzy and Tommy Berry, picture Sportpix.com.au
What the beaten jockeys said:
Tim Clark (Alassio): “I was happy enough with her effort, she just wants a bit further and set weights.”
Kerrin McEvoy (Kiamichi): “Nice first up run.”
James McDonald (Dyslexic): “She’ll win next time, she’s flying.”
Kathy O'Hara (Soothing): “Ran really well, she just didn’t get out in time. It’s cost her being in a photo finish with the winner.”
Rachel King (Brook Magic): “Just had a really tough run the whole way.”
Brock Ryan (My Xpression): “Super run, got the split late, attacked the line well, 1200m next start.”
Blaike McDougall (Notation): “I just got terrorised the whole way down the straight, she’s better suited over seven furlongs, but she was very brave.”
Brenton Avdulla (Meryl): “First up for a while, she’ll take good improvement from it.”
Deanne Panya (Goldfinch): “Ran a very nice race, just coming to the end of her preparation, but she is still trying very hard.”
Glen Boss (Into The Abyss): “Went terrific.”
Jay Ford (Agent Pippa): “She’s just very one-dimensional, she needs to get the front un-contested.”
Luke Currie (Tell Me): “Just fair.”
Toy Show Quality, photo finish picture ATC