Duais takes out the Group 1 Australian Cup

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Duais wins Australian Cup

Hawkesbury trainer Edward Cummings claimed the (2000m) with his galloper Duais on Saturday at .

The four-year-old mare was stepping up to the 2000m after an unlucky mid-field finish in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on a Heavy 10 at Randwick last start.

It was the second Group 1 win for the daughter of after she won the Oaks (2200m) as a three-year-old.

Jockey Josh Parr was happy to settle his mount back towards the rear of the field as the Peter Moody-trained set a strong tempo in front.

The Sydney hoop then took his runner to the outside, before unleashing a powerful finish to score an impressive victory. Fellow Sydneysider and race favourite finished two lengths away in second place.

β€œI'm elated. I must say I'm struggling for words, which isn't too common with me. What a thrill to ride a Group 1 winner at Flemington,” Parr told Racing.com in an interview after the race.

Parr was confident with his ride coming into the Group 1 feature.

β€œI was full of confidence. With a pinch of luck, we would have won the Chipping Norton. That was evident with her final furlong, it was very strong.

β€œSo confident when I saw her here today. Edward assured me she was in great shape, and she certainly was.”

The grandson of the late showed a hint of the timing that the great trainer was so well known for, in a race that his grandfather won 13 times.

β€œWe always wanted to be here, it was always part of the plan,” Cummings said.

β€œWe knew that we did something similar last preparation,” he said referring to winning the Group 3 in the Spring over 2000m when third-up from a spell. β€œWe always felt that getting here to Flemington would suit her down to the ground, 2000m third-up. She's done it before; it was there for everyone to see if they had really to look.”

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