James Cummings is keeping his options open with three-year-old Good Standing after an all-the-way win in the Caulfield Classic.
Good Standing was the only horse lining up in Saturday’s $500,000 Group Three race for three-year-olds at Caulfield who was backing up after running in either the Caulfield Guineas or Thousand Guineas a week ago.
Good Standing, the $2.90 favourite who was well-rated in front by Blake Shinn, kicked clear by three lengths and held off Rocketeer who got to within three-quarters of a length on the line.
Inference also ran home well for third, another length away.
“He’s a beautiful type and it’s good to see him win a Caulfield Classic today,” Cummings said of the colt who finished seventh after covering ground in last week’s Caulfield Guineas.
“We’ve got a couple of options.”
Under the weight-for-age conditions of the Emirates Stakes, Good Standing would carry 51kg against older horses.
Good Standing has firmed from $8 to $5.50 equal favourite for the Victoria Derby with Rocketeer firming to $11.