When Prized Icon crossed the wire first in Saturday’s Group 1 Victoria Derby, trainer James Cummings became the fourth generation of his family to win the historic event at Flemington Race Course. Cummings’ great-grandfather won the Derby with Comic Court in 1948, his grandfather won the race five times, and his father won it just four years ago with Fiveandahalfstar.
“I get a lot of confidence from the fact that my great-grandfather started training horses in 1911; there’s over 100 years of horse training excellence in the family,” Cummings told abc.net.au.
His confidence waned, however, when Prized Icon was soundly defeated just a week ago in the Vase after an early bump. Cummings attributed a large part of Saturday’s win to jockey Glyn Schofield, who delivered a timely ride to defeat the favored Sacred Elixir by 2 1/2 lengths on the wire.
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