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Newcastle, Grafton previews: Consistent Pearl is a real gem for Cummings

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The Hawkesbury-based trainer is still deciding what to do with Adrian Knox Stakes winner Duais after her ripping run behind Hungry Heart when second in the Group 1 ATC Oaks last weekend.A Brisbane carnival tilt isn’t guaranteed though.“We haven’t made that decision yet. She has pulled up well and we’re going to keep her in…

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The Hawkesbury-based trainer is still deciding what to do with Adrian Knox Stakes winner Duais after her ripping run behind Hungry Heart when second in the Group 1 ATC Oaks last weekend.A Brisbane carnival tilt isn’t guaranteed though.“We haven’t made that decision yet. She has pulled up well and we’re going to keep her in work for the next couple of weeks and see how she handles herself,” Cummings said.The Form: Complete NSW Racing thoroughbred form, including video replays and all you need to know about every horse, jockey and trainer. Find a winner here!“It’s been great for the stable, without a doubt, but moments like that typically leave you wanting more so I’m hungrier than ever.”At Newcastle on Thursday, Cummings is shooting for a winning double with first starter Three Wise Men and the ever-consistent Spanish Pearl.She runs in the sixth race and will be supported after placing or winning at every one of her seven starts this preparation.The problem is that she’s only won one of those races.“She’s very consistent but I want to win another race with her now,” Cummings said. “She continues to work really well at home. I’m conscience she’s had a number of starts.“It’s the first time she’s come back to fillies and mares grade.”The Reece Jones claim reduces her weight from 57.5kg to 54.5kg as he guides her from barrier six.Cummings will ask his rider to get her into her comfort zone which is on the speed.“She hasn’t drawn too badly but she’s shown she can overcome a bad draw with her natural speed,” he said.“It’s her first time going up to 1400m which will suit her. She’s bred to get that sort of a trip.”Three Wise Men is debuting in the opening race over 900m and he’s a two-year-old gelding by Divine Prophet.Cummings has given him two trials this time in after showing early promise on the track at home before going shin sore like a lot of young horses succumb to early on.“He’s looked like a real Magic Millions type last year after putting in some serious gallops but it’s taken a while to get him to the races. We’ve had to back off him due to a few niggles,” he said. “I think he could be a nice horse in the making but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him act immature in the run then see him improve off it.“I go in there with an open mind and there’s no pressure on him but we’d like to see him perform at his first day out.”Robbie Dolan will ride the young hose from barrier six and he’s expected to let the speed go slightly before finding the back of one and letting him down in the straight.“He can grab the bridle and go a bit so I think the speed will suit him. It’s going to be a sustained sprint and I think he’s capable of handling that trip and further,” Cummings said.“We’ll be positive and let the speed go the hopefully peel off one and go on with it.”SPRAGUE HAS DESIGNS ON REDEMPTION WITH PATTERNHe may give his trainer a few headaches but Stylish Pattern can help John Sprague avoid one with a with a win at Grafton on Thursday.The five-year-old lines up in a Benchmark 66 Handicap (1410m) and is looking for his fourth win at start 35.He’s comes off a fourth placing at this track a week ago, which Sprague was still trying to get over when contacted on Wednesday.“I’m still pretty upset he didn’t win his last start. I thought he would win at the 400m,” he said. “He’s going really good. Things didn’t work out last time but it was no-one’s fault, he just had no luck.”He has gate 11 of 12 but that’s seen as a positive by Sprague who said his horse would have the room to stride out and avoid traffic like last time and Luke Rolls rides him for the fourth time in a row which is key.“I don’t think the wide gate will worry him because he’s a big, striding horse. He was caught in behind them last time and there was nowhere to go. The gaps weren’t big enough,” Sprague said. “Luke is used to him now so everything might pan out for him now.“He’s a very hard horse to get around but when I had him as a young horse and he won two at Newcastle for me I thought he was a Highway horse.“He got an infection in his back hock and it’s taken so long to get him back to where we were again but I think I just about have him there.“I hope he wins this race so he’s not eligible for a Highway.”Sprague’s wife Karen is the sole owner of Stylish Pattern at the moment but he said she’s accepting of what happens on the track.“She just puts her hands in the air and leaves it all to me. We’ve leased him because I still think there’s plenty of potential still in him,” Sprague said.
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MISSION FROM LOSS: Wife fights taboos after doctor took his own life

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Four years ago, a Brisbane mum of four lost her husband to suicide. Her email about it — including some of the warning signs — went viral worldwide.

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