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Rose far from extreme target for Cummings Filly

Trainer Anthony Cummings can see similarities between She’s Extreme going into her autumn Group 1 win and the filly that will present at Rosehill on Saturday and that gives him confidence a second major is within her reach.

While the trainer concedes She's Extreme will really come into her own in races like the Flight Stakes (1600m) next week and the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) in a month, he says she'll relish a wet track for the Group 1 0 Chandon Golden Rose (1400m).

"She's in pretty good shape now. Her gallop on Tuesday was very good and her recovery was excellent,'' he said.

"Her figures she recorded there were in line with last prep when she was winning so I think that speaks well to her prospects.

"The weather brings the two-year-old combatants back into play. It will have a big effect on the whole deal."

Of course in the autumn, the filly was out luck finishing midfield in the Golden Slipper before running second to Fireburn in the Inglis' Sires and turning the tables to take out the Group 1 Champagne Stakes.

She's Extreme, $10 with TAB on Thursday, pleased Cummings with her first-up third in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on September 3, clocking the fastest last 3 f in the race (37.71) in heavy conditions.

With a lack of speed on paper in the Golden Rose he said the barrier draw is a huge positive and doesn't expect her to be conceding a huge start to the leaders.

"It was a very good first-up run, she did it comfortably,'' he said.

"There'll be a decent speed because field size does that but she has drawn well enough so it doesn't make that much difference either way.

"We just want to make sure we don't get any bad luck."

With a confidence boosting win under the belt, Cummings is upbeat about lightly raced three-year-old Kote's prospects in the Midway Handicap (1300m).

An all the way 4-1/2 length win at Canterbury on September 7 was Kote's first victory in six starts and the trainer says the win was just the confidence boost the gelding needed.

"The owners were keen to win a race before they stepped up to this grade,'' he said.

"His win the other day was excellent and he's been flying since. He's going to go into that race and be a live chance again.

"He's a pretty nice horse and he continues to improve. I was pleased with the way he relaxed the other day and if he can relax and control that speed he has a fantastic turn of foot."

The form around stablemate Tristate is hard to ignore as he drops in class in the Irresistible Pools & Spas Handicap (1100m) tough he has a wide gate to offset.

Tristate was third to Shades Of Rose and Maotai when resuming at Rosehill a month ago and back that up with a gutsy third behind Remarque over the same course as Saturday's task two weeks ago.

Cummings said Tristate is ready to run his best race of the preparation and hopes Dylan Gibbons, who takes 7lbs off his back, can get across without doing too much work.

"He's a nice horse and he's been racing really well without a bit of luck,'' he said.

"With the blinkers on I think he overplayed it a little so back with winkers I'm hopeful it gives him a chance to be more settled in the first part and be stronger through the line."


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