Stars will come out at Randwick
NOMINATIONS for the Randwick race meeting on Saturday include Group 1 winners galore with a number of Australia's best racehorses to begin their preparations for the Sydney autumn carnival.
Cox Plate winner Winx is set for her comeback in the $250,000 Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), while other Group 1 winning horses such as Press Statement and Boban could join her in the feature race.
The other headline event on the card is the $175,000 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) and James Cummings has Tempt Me Not nominated in the race named after the 1965 Melbourne Cup winner, trained by his late grandfather, Bart.
Tempt Me Not ended her preparation in the spring with a second-place finish to Secret Agenda in the Group 3 Gucci Stakes at Flemington on November 5 where she beat home the likes of Lake Geneva and Ottoman.
A good trial on January 29 has Cummings thinking his filly is at least a place chance if she brings the improvement she's made during her spell to raceday.
"She's going well and I was pleased with her trial," Cumming said.
"I think she's come on a bit since then too.
"There's nice form around her, but we're looking for more stamina from her this preparation and I want her to run a strong 1200 metres. She has a great turn of foot and has a bit of brilliance about her."
If Tempt Me Not can surpass her trainer's expectations and win on Saturday, she'll join the likes of Emancipation and More Joyous as winners of the race.
Cummings said a solid performance would be enough for him to aim the Strategic Maneuver filly at the $200,000 Group 3 Dilmah Tea PJ Bell Stakes on the first day of The Championships at Randwick on April 2.
"The list of winners of the Light Fingers is a who's who so if she can run well then we'll look at a race like the PJ Bell," Cummings said.