Trainer Edward Cummings can land a one-two punch at Wyong with a smart last start winner and an improving gelding.

Edward Cummings heads to Wyong on Tuesday safe in the knowledge that the form of his two Central Coast runners, Queenmaker and Flyway, has been well and truly franked.

Shadwell Stud-bred blue blood Queenmaker shed her maiden status at her home track at Hawkesbury on June 30 easily holding off the runner-up, Count On Me.

That particular son of Reliable Man was back at Hawkesbury on Sunday collecting his first race win.

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“They didn’t go very fast but Queenmaker was exposed a long way from home and she was there to be beaten if they were good enough but she pulled away,” Cummings said.

“She has come on since then in her work and she is a more confident racehorse.”

Cummings had the option of starting Queenmaker on the weekend but opted to hold off for Tuesday’s Happy Retirement Jeff Englebrecht Class 1 and Maiden Plate over 2000m.

“I am glad we scratched her from Sunday; it just looked like she would have to work to go forward or have to wait out the back,” said Cummings.

“She was entitled to run in easier races and Tuesday’s race is the easiest option for her.

“I think she will end up coming into maybe barrier three or even two with a couple of likely scratchings.

“She’ll just jump and roll and do what she’s been doing. All she needs to do is relax and put things together a little bit more competently than she did last start and she will be very hard to beat.”

Queenmaker has several more seasons as a racehorse in front of her, but she is already a highly valuable broodmare proposition given her esteemed family heritage.

“She is out of a three-quarter-sister to the dam of Anamoe so she is bred to do well and to keep improving,” said Cummings.

Flyway, meanwhile, is perfectly set-up to win for the first time in his short career when he steps out in the Allan Denham Racing 3YO Maiden Handicap (1600m).

The Gerry Harvey-owned and bred son of Star Turn was $71 into $31 when he last appeared in a 1400m Hawkesbury maiden where he ran right up to Cummings’s expectations finishing second to subsequent Kembla winner, Arale.

“We thought if he drew a gate that day that he would be, not necessarily hard to beat, but a very strong chance,” the trainer said.

“He gets a similar barrier on Tuesday but it looks a much weaker race.

“I think being positive on him last start probably identified a good tactic for him so Wyong will suit him in that sense and having Hugh on makes a big difference not that Josh (Parr) did anything wrong on him the other day.”

Cummings will be front and centre at Royal Randwick in just four weeks’ time with Caulfield and Melbourne Cup TAB Fixed Odds favourite Duais to open her Cups campaign at Randwick.

“She is building up to a trial in early August about two weeks prior to the Winx Stakes,” Cummings reported.

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Inspired purchase Red Beryl can top up his account by another $12,850 provided he gets an invaluable ‘out’ when the time comes in Tuesday’s Lysaght Gwydir Handicap (1200m) at Moree.

Tamworth trainer Jane Clement pulled off one of the best internet buys of recent years, in terms of return on investment, paying just $3000 for the son of Golden Slipper winner Sebring who had no less than five different trainers before finally finding a permanent home in the Tablelands.

“It would be close to $70,000 that he has won for us,” Clement said.

Red Beryl has had the last 14 of his 21 career starts wearing Clement’s red, black and white silks.

In that time, Red Beryl has won three races and placed on four other occasions.

The chestnut’s most recent appearance came at home at Tamworth on July 8 when a typically fast finishing fourth in a deep Open Handicap over 1400m.

“He is going very well at the moment,” said Clement.

“Matty Palmer got off him last start and said he is just such a happy horse.

“We work our horses out of paddocks so they are not locked in a box.”

Red Beryl has drawn barrier one in Tuesday’s Moree feature where Clement is naturally hoping her charge gets his fair chance to use his now trademark finishing burst.

“He is back to 1200m; 1400m is probably more suitable for him, but Moree is a big open track so that will suit him,” she said.

“Hopefully here is a bit of pace on for him so he can finish off like he usually does.”

Red Beryl was born and raised at Robrick Lodge and named in honour of beloved industry figure, Beryl White, one half of the team that raced champions like Marscay, Triscay, Eremein and Filante.

Clement, meanwhile, is hoping that this is the day for her Coolmore-bred mare Jade to finally crack it for a well overdue win.

The daughter of Sizzling remains winless after 31 attempts but placed a dozen times.

“The track didn’t really suit her at Tamworth last start and she was in the worst part of it too,” Clement explained.

Originally published as Wyong, Moree previews: Edward Cummings set to strike with an early race-to-race double

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