Bart and James Cummings’ brilliant colt Hallowed Crown confirmed his status as the best three-year old in the country with an emphatic victory in the Girvan Waugh Randwick Guineas (1600m) on Saturday.

Hallowed Crown ($2.90), who has only tasted defeat once in his seven-start career, spotted Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win a start at the top of the Randwick straight, but when called upon late by jockey Hugh Bowman, charged over the top to defeat Sweynesse ($3.90), with Shooting To Win ($2.60) finishing third.

The son of Street Sense is becoming the breakout horse for the Cummings partnership, having now won two Group 1 races.

Global racing giant Darley recently bought a half share, underlying his potential at stud.

But his racing career is the most immediate priority and he will head to the George Ryder Stakes in two weeks’ time en route to the $3 million Doncaster Mile on April 4.

James Cummings said he had called upon the advice of his famous grandfather, now a winner of 268 Group 1 races, in planning how Hallowed Crown would overcome a tricky inside barrier.

“I spoke to Bart in the past couple of days, and he said ‘just get him off the fence’. I said ’That’s not easy, he’s drawn one in a Group 1 race, but he said, ‘it’s a six-horse field, just get off the fence’.”

Bowman delivered to the request, allowing Shooting To Win to take up the pace before sitting up outside of him.

Blake Shinn on Shooting To Win put a margin between the two favoured runners early in the straight, but Bowman never panicked. His last 100m was ultra impressive as the leader was overwhelmed, allowing Sweynesse to get up along the rail for second.

“This bloke’s a winner, he proved it again today,” the jockey said.

Another star trainer, Gai Waterhouse, also tasted Group 1 success at Randwick with her four-year-old mare Cosmic Endeavour winning the Canterbury Stakes (1300m).


Cosmic Endeavour ($3.30) broke the track record with an all-the-way win, holding offCatkins ($4.40) with Criterion ($12) third. (