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07/07/02 Cummings Unearths Spring Carnival Prospect
Hall of Fame trainer Bart Cummings may have unearthed an exciting spring carnival prospect in the shape of the Langfuhr two-year-old Frightening.

Cummings had a twinkle in his eye and was no doubt unhatching carnival plans for Frightening after the colt scored a fighting win in the Hanan Displays Handicap (1410m) at Flemington yesterday.

Usually only in Melbourne for the carnivals from his Sydney base, Cummings was a face in the crowd at yesterday’s Flemington meeting and indicated after the race he was keen to come and see Frightening race.

"I think he’s a really nice horse," Cummings said. "He’s certainly worth coming down and having a look at."

Cummings, who bred the colt, felt the youngster was capable of making good improvement and could develop into a carnival galloper.

"We’ll send him out for a few weeks to ease up on him before bringing him back to have a look at the spring," Cummings said.

In a driving finish Frightening ($7-$10), a last start runner-up at Geelong, was able to show plenty of fight to hold out the fast finishing Glefti ($17-$21) by a half length.

"He was getting a little tired at the end, but he did impress me," Cummings added. "There’s plenty of improvement left in him yet."

Frightening is from the Nassipour mare Nassabelle, one of a handful of mares owned by Cummings and used to breed himself some horses for his interstate stables.

"She (Nassabelle) is one of half a dozen mares I own back on the farm," Cummings reported. Unfortunately not so long ago he lost the star of his broodmare band All Grace, the dam of his tenth Melbourne Cup winner Saintly.

The colt who Cummings describes as having "good manners" and a "good trier," is tipped to be able to handle more ground next preparation.

"He’s by a stallion who handled the middle distances and he should get a lot of stamina as he’s out of a Nassipour mare," Cummings said.

The race gave record breaking trainer John Hawkes a frustrating experience. The last start Sandown winner Domine led early but weakened over the concluding stages to finish out of a place, while the heavily supported Nostalgic ($8-$5.50) was never in the hunt and managed to run only mid field.

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