Talented colt Prince Fawaz is likely to be given the chance to emulate past winners of the Group 1 J J Atkins Plate (1600m) after the juvenile scored the biggest success of his short career at Eagle Farm yesterday.
The Anthony Cummings-trained Prince Fawaz could be set for the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in the spring, races won last year by stud bound colt The Autumn Sun.
Prince Fawaz, a $4 favourite, made it back-to-back victories when defeating the Chris Waller-trained Kubrick by a head, while another from the Waller stable, Reloaded was two lengths back in third.
Cummings, who won the then-named T J Smith Classic in 2004 with Outback Prince, was forced to watch the race from Randwick after a Saturday morning flight to Brisbane was cancelled due to heavy fog at Sydney airport.
“It was getting later and later so I decided to come to Randwick and watch it here instead,” Cummings said.
Prince Fawaz’s victory provided jockey Kerrin McEvoy with his 74th success at the highest level and third in the J J Atkins, having won aboard Benfica in 2011 and The Autumn Sun in last year’s edition. Two races later the talented jockey took his Group 1 tally to 75 when he triumphed aboard Trekking in the Stradbroke.
McEvoy showed great patience aboard Prince Fawaz in the running and the horse had plenty in reserve when asked for a final sprint.
“We got a nice trail, but they didn’t go that quick the first half of the race. I thought about burrowing out and getting him clear at the 700 (metres), but I sat tight and the horse did the rest,” McEvoy said.