Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
Declares War has turned full circle with the gelding breaking through for his original trainer Matt Cumani

The career of Declares War has turned full circle with the gelding breaking through for his original trainer Matt Cumani at Flemington.

Cumani purchased Declares War as a yearling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale but lost the now three-year-old to Darren Weir before he had raced.

With the disqualification of Weir in February, Declares War returned to Cumani’s care and on Saturday scored his first win for his purchaser in The Mahogany Challenge (2000m).

Ridden by Jye McNeil, Declares War ($6) scored a short-neck win from Igniter ($19) with Not A Single Cent ($11) 3-1/4 lengths away third.

“It’s lovely to have him back in the stable and performing finally,” Cumani said.

“We couldn’t sell him and the owner had to find another trainer and Weiry kindly helped him out by taking 25 per cent of the horse.

“As fate happens, he’s come back to us.”

Declares War was having his fifth start for Cumani on Saturday and holds a nomination for the Group One Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm on June 8.

But Cumani favours sending Declares War for a break after having his second start as a gelding.

At his first three starts for Cumani, Declares War contested Group Two races with a best performance being a fifth-placed finish in the Autumn Classic at Caulfield.

Cumani said he questioned whether Declares War struggled at a distance or whether he was up to that grade before his gelding operation.

“Darren always thought he was a stayer and that’s why the Derby was in mind,” Cumani said.

“I was a bit dubious after his first few starts this prep, but that was a pretty solid effort today.

“We’ll have a chat to the group but I think he’ll have a bit of a break after this and bring him up in the spring as he took his gelding pretty hard.

“He gets a bit nervous pre-race now, which he didn’t do before.

“We have to bare in mind this is probably a grade down on what he was challenging earlier in his prep but I think he’ll improve into next year after a spell.”

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Watch 📺 Is this the biggest moral beat of the year?

The horse KING OF HEARTS (Sebring – Eloping) started at $26 so many people weren’t on it, but those who...

Winx’s sister breaks her maiden

A half-sister to four-time Cox Plate champion Winx has broken through for her maiden victory on the synthetic track at Pakenham....

Star stayer Zaaki returns a positive pre-race sample

Racing NSW stewards have fined trainer Annabel Neasham after Zaaki returned a positive pre-race sample during the Sydney autumn carnival....

Peter Moody

Peter Moody thinks Sandown should not be sold

Champion trainer Peter Moody has reiterated the call of fellow trainer Mick Kent for the Melbourne Racing Club not to sell...

Hall Of Fame trainer hospitalised after track accident

An accident at Morphettville trackwork has resulted in trainer Leon Macdonald being hospitalised. Australian Racing Hall of Fame trainer Leon Macdonald...

Top jockey banned for 10 years for threatening to kill a racing official

Top New Zealand jockey Jason Waddell has been banned from racing for 10 years for threatening to kill a racing...

Tattersalls Tiara

The is a race held at and is the feature female event of the Brisbane Winter Carnival. The () boasts...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2021 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or