Excellent Winner for Cummings
Tara Madgwick - Saturday, 8 July 2017
James Cummings first runner as Godolphin head trainer returned a winner with two year-old Exceed and Excel filly Manicure saluting at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

ManicureManicure improved sharply at her second start to win a strong maiden at Canterbury on June 21 and took another step forward with this tenacious win.

She was eased out of an early speed battle to take a sit off the pace and when asked to extend down the running by Corey Brown knuckled down to the task at hand.

Manicure (images Steve Hart) surged to the line to get past Brook Magic to win the 1200 metre dash by a long neck.

"She's a stylish filly. She was unlucky here first-up on debut – she just never got a crack at them but showed a lot of her class in her second start to win," Cummings said.

"She's trained on and Darren (Beadman) would be very pleased with that because he's got a lot of time for this filly.

James Cummings and Corey Brown"It's a really nice way to start but the period ahead is going to be one that I can really enjoy because I can focus on being a horse trainer and continue to learn and build with a really good team around me."

Manicure is the second winner for Group III winning Lonhro mare Trim, a half-sister to the dam of this year's Group II WATC West Australian Derby winner Gatting.

Trim is due to foal this spring for Darley to Teofilo (IRE).

Manicure is by Darley's perennial favourite Exceed and Excel who stands at a fee of $110,000 this spring.

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