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Cummings on song for Golden Rose
Anthony Cummings

A look at the racing calendar has convinced trainer Anthony Cummings to give promising galloper Your Song one more start as a two-year-old.

Your Song is being aimed at the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) on September 15 and was expected to head to the paddock after a breakthrough win at Warwick Farm.

Instead, Cummings has confirmed a Rosehill start on Saturday for the Fastnet Rock youngster.

"The way the races have fallen (leading up to the Golden Rose) I would rather give him another run now over the 1400 metres before getting him ready," Cummings said.

The $1 million Golden Rose at Rosehill ushers in Group 1 racing for the 2012-2013 Australian season.

It's the race which eluded Cummings last year when Smart Missile was beaten a short neck by Manawanui.

Cummings is confident Your Song will put himself in the frame to redeem the stable's fortunes this year.

He said Your Song would be eased in training after Saturday before he is set on a Golden Rose course.

"He'll have a week to 10 days off, probably on the water walker," Cummings said.

"Trying to go through and get him ready off one preparation might be too much but he'll still have a fair bit of residual fitness on his side."

Your Song wasn't seen in public for the first time until well after the autumn carnival.

"He's a big horse who is still developing and he had the usual aches and pains for a young horse," Cummings said.

"There has always been a glimpse of ability there but in terms of showing it he took a while."

Peter Robl, who rode Your Song for the first time at Warwick Farm, keeps the Rosehill mount.

·Popular stallion Blevic has died at South Australia's Kambula Stud from complications following colic surgery.

Trained by David Hayes to win the 1994 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes and Victoria Derby, Blevic had been the star resident at the Toole family's stud since 1996.

In his 16 seasons he served 1218 mares with his fertility rate more than 90 per cent.

He is the sire of 331 winners including stakes performers Moudre, Blevvo, Shewan, Exalted Ego, Under The Bridge and Exalted Lad.

Blevic is also proving himself as a broodmare sire with his daughters producing horses such as 2009 Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready and Alcopop, who started favourite when sixth in the 2009 Melbourne Cup.

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