Cummings and Robl get cream at Scone

Anthony Cummings thought he would have a good day at Scone on Saturday but it turned into ”groundhog day”.
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The Randwick trainer has been enjoying his best season but stakes wins in consecutive races from Diamond Earth, Fontelina and Arctic Flight made it a day to remember.

”It’s groundhog day,” Cummings mused after Arctic Flight delivered on her potential, hanging on to win the Dark Jewel Classic.

”I was really happy coming here today because I had the right horses in the right races. It was the way the program worked out.

”I had three stakes wins on a day before when I had Casino Prince but this has just worked out perfectly.

”This carnival has been good to us in the past couple of years because we had three winners here last year.

”It is getting bigger all the time and if we can keep coming winning this many races I will be happy. ”

Each of the trio of victories was shared with stable rider Peter Robl, who had earlier kicked home Tweet for Grahame Begg for his best day at a metropolitan meeting.

”I have had five [winners] in the country and a few trebles in town but this is my best day,” Robl said.

”You look at the book of rides and think if everything goes right I could do this or do that. It has gone right.”

The next step for the Cummings trio will be Brisbane and potential group 1 racing.

Arctic Flight was sent to Cummings to try to get black type as she is out of Black Caviar’s granddam, Scandinavia.

”It was the plan to get that black type because of the family,” Cummings said. ”She has taken a bit of time to work out but her run at Hawkesbury [when runner-up in the Darley Crown] was very good.

”We needed to get that black type win and she has done that now and there are races for her in Brisbane.

”She is on the way up and a race like the Gai Waterhouse Classic and Tattersall’s Tiara are [not] out of the question for her.”

Arctic Flight showed great tenacity to fight off Pipette and Miss Stellabelle after looking in trouble at the 100m.

The truck to Brisbane will be full from the Cummings yard with Fontelina to head for the Stradbroke Handicap after his all-the-way win in the Luskin Star Stakes.

”He was always going to be very hard to beat once Pete [Robl] got a breather coming down the side,” Cummings said.

”He is the sort of horse that can reel off very quick sectionals and that is what he did.

”The Stradbroke has always been there for him and I think it is at the perfect trip for him. We are going to be pretty strong in it because Your Song is heading that way as well.

”I will need to find a new rider for him [Fontelina] but it shouldn’t be a problem after a win like that.”

Diamond Earth had kicked off the Cummings treble and she could go to the Tattersall’s Tiara as well.

Cummings called her ”the most durable horse” he had trained in the wake of her win in the Denise’s Joy Stakes over 1100m. ”At her last start she sat three wide and ran well so there’s a fair bit of merit there,” Cummings said. ”We will have to go home and have a look at the program and try and find a nice race for her before that [Tattersall’s Tiara].”

Diamond Earth is only the size of a pony, and holds a special place in the stable after winning two Inglis bonus races as a two-year-old. “She was winning those races on raw ability,” Cummings said.

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