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Aft Cabin gets job done at Randwick

Dave Murray

Head trainer James Cummings said Aft Cabin had “done his job” after the smart colt won the G3 Eskimo Prince Stakes over 1,200m at Randwick on Saturday, 4 February.

Having his first run back after winning the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude in Melbourne, Aft Cabin began well and settled behind the leading pair. 

Jockey James McDonald then angled the colt to the outside of the leader coming to the home turn before Aft Cabin grabbed the front and raced clear to win by more than a length to Zou Tiger and Communist

 “He has had a really uncomplicated preliminary in the build up to this." Cummings said.

“He’s had a good spell and provided that he continues to return to scale after performances like that, and looks in perfect health, I feel like he’s in for a wonderful campaign.

“A good six-furlong performance sets him up for the rest of the campaign. One start for one win at Randwick and he’ll be back hopefully in a month’s time looking a million dollars.”

Aft Cabin is by in form Darley stallion Astern out of Shelters, a half-brother to Stakes winners Multaja and Veranillo. 

On the same day, speedy Godolphin two-year-old colt Zulfiqar showed a glimpse of what could become a stellar career on the racetrack when he blitzed the opposition to win the G3 Chairman's Stakes over 1,000m at Sandown. 

Ben Melham released the brakes at the top of the home straight and Zulfiqar burst away to win by 1.25 lengths from Veecee and Tacito.