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15/03/02 Bart to Embrace Adelaide Oaks Races
r4embraceableyou.jpg (12728 bytes)Hall of Fame trainer Bart Cummings has visions of an eighth Group One Oaks race in Adelaide with his impressive Flemington winner from last Monday Embraceable You.

Cummings is planning on sending the daughter of former European star Rodrigo de Triano to Adelaide, the city the Cups king started his career in the 1950s.

"Races like the Australasian Oaks and SA Oaks in Adelaide in May look like a good way to go with her," Cummings said after the win.

Since winning his first Group One race in Adelaide from his Glenelg based stable in 1959, Cummings has now won 245 races at racing's elite level. Since Stormy Passage galloped to victory in the '59 SA Derby at Morphettville, the famous trainer has won Group One features in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

r4bartcummings.jpg (8581 bytes)Cummings is well known for his abilities with fillies and preparing them to win the feature staying races. During his fourty year career no fewer than 23 Group One Oaks races have fell to the training maestro.

Now Cummings is hoping to add Embraceable You's name to his honour roll of Oaks winning fillies that include Our Tristalight, Leilani, Tristalove, Light Fingers, Lowland, Gay Poss, Stapleton Lass, Leica Show, Sheraco, Taj Eclipse, Tristanagh, Weekend Delight, Danendri and Magical Miss.

Cummings describes Embraceable You, who is a half sister to a former stable star Allez Suez, as a "game filly."

"She finishes her races off well and she deserves her chance to go to Adelaide for the fillies races there."

r4embraceableyou2.jpg (11247 bytes)The trainer would probably set the filly for the first leg of the Adelaide triple crown - the $100,000 Group Three Lakewood Stud Stakes (1800m) to be run at Cheltenham on April 20. From there she would progress to the $250,000 Group One Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on May 4 before most likely tackling the third leg of the trio - the $250,000 Group One SA Oaks, again at Morphettville, a fortnight later.

Cummings would be hoping the filly could possibly win all three races, thus providing connections with a $500,000 bonus. The trio of races are winnable. Episode took all three, while La Volta went within a half head of the bonus.

r4embraceableyou4.jpg (9538 bytes)Connections of Embraceable You did have some anxious moments after the win in the Mark Sensing 1400 on Monday. The rider of the runner-up Ansami, Noel Callow fired in a protest against the winner.

However, after a relatively short hearing the protest was thrown out and Embraceable You retained the race from Ansami. Third home was Encosterino.

Meanwhile, the trainer of the runner-up Ansami, Nigel Blackiston, said his filly would also be aimed at the rich series to the west.

"We'd aim at her running in Adelaide over the carnival," he said.

Blackiston won the first leg of the Triple Crown last year with Shelbourne Lass, who incredibly won later in the day at Flemington on Monday.

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