Spring Target Set For Prince Fawaz

Anthony Cummings has an ambition to develop Prince Fawaz into a stallion and has suggested races like the Golden Rose, Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate are high on the spring agenda.

Prince Fawaz collected the final juvenile Group 1 of the season with victory in the J.J Atkins Stakes on Saturday and will now be readied for a spring assault that could see his value skyrocket immensely.

Cummings has identified the Golden Rose as the first step, a race that was won by The Autumn Sun last year following his success in the J.J Atkins.

From there he is likely to progress to Melbourne for what Cummings describes as the ‘traditional’ stallion makers, the Caulfield Guineas and the Cox Plate.

“Any three-year-old colt heading towards the spring is going towards the Golden Rose and we are no different of that,” Cummings told Sky Sports Radio on Sunday.

“The shape of the spring has changed a lot, with the new races in Sydney and the traditional races, the Caulfield Guineas and the like, which have been seen as stallion making races, and that is what we want to try and do with him.

“They are in Melbourne in the main part and the main race here for that is the Golden Rose, so Golden Rose first and we need to sit down and look at the lay of the land for all those races and make some decision but certainly races like the Caulfield Guineas and the Cox Plate are the traditional ones.

“We will have a look at other things that are there that make sense for him on the way through or beyond that perhaps, it is going to be pretty interesting.”

Prince Fawaz claimed the J.J Atkins at only his fifth career start and Cummings is firmly of the opinion he is open to further improvement.

“It doesn’t get much better, he has only had five, he is a Group 1 two-year-old winner and he is really only half furnished,” he said.

“He really has done what I thought he would do as a yearling when I saw him at the Magic Millions in Queensland.

“I had a fair bit to do with the family along the way, I had an idea what the fast ones out of her looked like, and I actually trained the mum, this guy was the third or fourth foal, they others didn’t look quite right to me, they were okay but I hadn’t really followed them.

“This guy when he came out looked exactly like he was supposed too, so it made it easy, and with that comes a level of expectation, because he comes from a very strong family, the expectation is you need to perform to that level and what he has done on the weekend is exactly that.”

– racing.com

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