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Your Song dominant in Group One BTC Cup
By Stephen Rodgers
18:34 AEST Sat May 11 2013

Anthony Cummings backed his judgment and his horse duly delivered as Your Song won the Group One BTC Cup at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Ridden by Peter Robl, Your Song ($12) accelerated through the heavy conditions to thrash Rain Affair ($4) by five lengths with Better Than Ready ($10) 1-1/4 lengths away third.

Cummings scratched Your Song from a benchmark race at Rosehill on Saturday because he felt the colt was a genuine winning chance in the BTC Cup, a $400,000 race.

"I always felt he was a Group One-standard horse and there's not much point blinking when they're fit and ready to go," he said.

"I said to his owner Eduardo Cojuangco he was up to this level and if you looked at him in the parade he was the standout on looks."

Your Song will remain on the Group One trail in Brisbane with the Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 25 his next target before the Group One Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 8.

"There are a million reasons to run him in the Stradbroke and the 10,000 is the logical next step for him," Cummings said.

Cummings was forced to abandon Group One plans in the spring for Your Song when he injured a fetlock after finishing third in the Brian Crowley Stakes at Randwick in October.

"I was setting him for the Coolmore on Derby day but unfortunately he had a setback and needed time off which is why he missed the autumn in Sydney," he said.

"The rain before the race made me wonder if he would handle it but Peter rode him positively from the gates and the horse did the rest."

Your Song's winning margin was no surprise to Robl, who has always had a high opinion of the colt.

"I had some good rides in Sydney today including Drago in the first race but I wanted to stick with Your Song," he said.

"He had a bit on them today and that's not being disrespectful to horses like Rain Affair and Buffering."

Kelly Schweida, trainer of Better Than Ready, was pleased with the colt's effort to finish third.

"He was running on empty the last bit but I thought he went super because it's hard for the backmarkers to make ground the way the track's racing," Schweida said.

Jockey Damian Browne blamed a sluggish start for the defeat of the $2.50 favourite Buffering who finished fourth.

"He took a step back just when the gates opened and he never got into rhythm at all," Browne said.


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