Missy makes the grade for Magnus

Undefeated filly Missy Cummings is heading for the Scone Inglis Race Series next month following her black-type breakthrough on Saturday.

Missy Cummings (3f Magnus – Lady Knockout by Serheed) had won both her starts at Wyong earlier this month and a step-up in grade presented no problems in the LR James Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.  She completed a hat-trick by over a length from Catkins (Dubawi) and Medusa’s Miss (Henny Hughes).

Part-owner and trainer Anthony Cummings will now set her for the $500,000 Inglis Guineas at Scone on Saturday, May 18.  “She’s a feisty filly and I was confident she would handle black type company,” he said.  “We threw her in the deep end and got the result.”

Missy Cummings is named after former USA Navy fighter pilot Mary ‘Missy’ Cummings who is now an Aeronautics Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Magnus (Flying Spur) stands at Eliza Park and his Randwick stakes winner was a $80,000 buy at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  He is one of Australia’s leading second-season sires and has 13 yearlings on offer at the Inglis VOBIS Gold yearling sale on April 28 & 29.

Missy Cummings is a younger half-sister to winning Exceed and Excel fillies Keltara and A City Girl.  Their dam Lady Knockout scored at Listed level in the Belmont Guineas and Belmont Oaks before leaving the west to win the LR Matron Stakes at Flemington on Anzac Day in 2003.

Magnus and Lady Knockout are both owned in partnership by Victorian breeder Rob Crabtree.  The mare has a filly foal by Wanted and Crabtree bred her back to the Eliza Park stallion.

– Karl Patterson