Trainer James Cummings is aiming high with Gauguin after the colt’s convincing maiden win at Warwick Farm.
While the road is long, the three-year-old colt took the first steps on a path to Group One races which could mimic Cummings’ father Anthony’s effort with Montaigne last year.
“As we’re getting closer to the autumn these three-year-old races with lightly raced horses are revealing some promising horses.”
Anthony Cummings trained Montaigne to win the corresponding maiden at Warwick Farm last year, the start of a preparation which included a runner-up Guineas finish and a fourth in the BMW.
Montaigne was sold to Hong Kong owners after the autumn carnival and has since won a race for trainer John Moore.
On Wednesday, Gauguin was made to earn in his stripes in the three-year-old maiden handicap over 1400m, sitting three-quarters of a length outside leader Metamorphic ($2.80) and kicking home strongly to fight off a late challenge from Dahooil ($6).
Gauguin justified his $2.50 favouritism while Metamorphic stuck on for third.
Jockey Glyn Schofield said Gauguin was still learning but had a lot of ability.
“Once he’s learned to run straight and gets a little more tractable he’s got a nice future,” Schofield said.