Festival Of Sydney Handicap Results – Cummings Uncovers Another Star

January 21st, 2010

On Wednesday afternoon the Sydney race action continued as the Royal Randwick held their latest meeting, the seven-race programme highlighted by the Festival Of Sydney Handicap (1100m) where Australia’s favourite trainer Bart Cummings secured another win.

The Cummings-trained Griffon made a sensational comeback to the track after being out of action for over a year, claiming victory in what was just his second career start.

Installed as the $3.20 favourite, four-year-old Griffon defeated El Zegri ($20) by an easy three lengths with the Neville Voigt-trained Business Plan just half a head back for third.

Ridden by Glyn Schofield, Griffon had a mediocre start in the 1100m sprint but impressed all when he pulled out a startling burst of acceleration on the home straight to fly home ahead of his rivals.

The $4 second elect, Atomic Force had a disappointing run and only managed to finish seventh.

The son of Flying Spur, Griffon made his debut back in October 2008 when he ran third to the Peter Snowden-trained Pinwheel at Canterbury. Since then he has shown promise but suffered a few problems.

Cummings’ patience looks finally to be paying off however as not only did Griffon win, but he set the course record time in doing so, a blistering 1:02.20.

Griffon is now likely to be aimed at the local Saturday stakes races as Cummings attempts to build up another star.

The next Randwick race meeting is on Australia Day, Tuesday 26th.

2010 Festival Of Sydney Handicap Results:

Placing

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Margin

1
GRIFFON
Bart Cummings G Schofield
2
EL ZEGRI
Paul Perry Ms A Threadwell 3.0
3
BUSINESS PLANE
Neville Voigt J Cassidy 3.1
4
ON MY COMMAND
Steve Englebrecht Ms J Whipp 4.2
5
CARDGAMES
Todd Howlett B Spriggs 4.4
6
ROBBED
John McNair R M Quinn 4.8
7
ATOMIC FORCE
Kevin Moses K Nestor 4.9
8
STARRING TO WIN (NZ)
John O’Shea H Bowman 5.5
9
FABELLA
Paul Perry J Adams 6.7
10
INDICTED
Noel Mayfield-Smith P Wells 7.1
11
SWIFTUS
Mitchell Hudson L Moloney 8.0
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