Sumakaray spot-on for return to city circuit

WODONGA master trainer Brian Cox has declared his flying filly Sumakaray “spot-on” for her highly anticipated return to city racing at Caulfield on Saturday.

Cox was forced to miss a race at Caulfield with Sumakaray a fortnight ago when he found the filly was suffering from tying-up.

He has since nursed Sumakaray back to full fitness.

“She has made a full recovery and is spot-on for Saturday,” Cox said.

Sumakaray stamped herself as one of Victoria’s most promising sprinting fillies with an ultra-impressive last-start victory at Moonee Valley in late December.

Despite being trapped four-wide without cover for most of the race, the daughter of Manner Hill overcame the wide run to defeat a quality field of fillies and mares and notch her fourth win from five starts.

Cox admitted rising 3.5 kilograms in weight and having six weeks off between runs was not ideal.

“It’s always a concern having that long off between runs but she is a filly that races best when kept fresh,” he said.

“A month between runs would have been ideal.

“She has to carry an extra 3.5 kilograms as well which is another concern because we are taking on the A-graders.

“We are not in Wangaratta or Wodonga and you need every little advantage you can get to win in the city.

“But she is fit, her work has been sensational and I couldn’t be any happier that way.”

Vlad Duric replaces apprentice jockey John Kissick, who is serving a suspension and is ineligible to ride until Monday.

Brian Cox

Brian Cox