Cumani has Score to settle in Zipping Classic

Trainer Matt Cumani is already plotting a 2021 Melbourne Cup assault with Future Score and hopes the imported stayer can take his first steps towards the race in Saturday’s Group 2 Zipping Classic at Sandown.

Future Score narrowly missed out on securing a spot on the first Tuesday in November after finishing third in the Lexus Hotham Stakes just 72 hours before the famous two-miler.

Cumani is determined to avoid the same fate in twelve months time and believes Future Score can improve his chances of reaching the target by claiming Sandown’s $250,000 feature over 2400m.

Matt Cumani has more Melbourne Cup aspirations. Photo: Ross Holburt/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“We weren’t thinking of running him but he’s a horse that I thought could go all the way to the Cup next year,” he said.

“He is a progressive type and that is our main goal so we thought we might as well start getting his rating up now.

“If we can win a race like that then you aren’t relying as much on winning one of those win and you’re in races like he needed to this year.”

Future Score went close to securing a spot in the 2020 Melbourne Cup after only seeing daylight with 250m to go in the Hotham before getting up to grab third late behind Ashrun and Sound,

“I thought he was good the other day albeit a little unlucky,” Cumani said.

“If he got out sooner I think he might have challenged the winner.

“He would have given him a run for his money at least and has trained on well since then.

“I am really happy with him.”

San Huberto will run in the Sandown Cup. Photo: Brett Holburt/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Cumani is hopeful of reaching the same Melbourne Cup target next spring with new arrival San Huberto should the five-year-old remain in Australia to race.

San Huberto has only had one run in Australia after being transferred from French trainer Fabrice Chappet for the Spring Carnival.

The son of Speightstown finished in the back half of the field when eighth in the Geelong Cup and will step up to the 3200m of Saturday’s Listed Sandown Cup.

“He is going really good,” Cumani said.

“I am desperate to see him over the 3200m.

“It didn’t quite pan out in the Geelong Cup but I thought it was a good edition of the race.

“The runners at the pointy end got the sectionals right and it didn’t really give horses at the back much chance of running them down.”

Originally published asFuture Melbourne Cup tilt starts at Sandown

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