TAB form, Royal Randwick: Trainer John Thompson stays on track for Summer Cup

Trainer John Thompson can end the year the way it began with another feature race success from Primitivo in the Group 3 $160,000 Summer Cup (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Primitivo is chasing his first win since taking out the Magic Million Trophy on the Gold Coast back in January.

He has been unplaced in eight starts since but his fast-finishing fourth behind Kirwan’s Lane over the Randwick mile two weeks ago indicated a return to top form is imminent.

Primitivo goes to the Summer Cup at his third run back from a spell, the same stage of his preparation when he won the Magic Millions race.

“I was much happier with his run last start and he has gone well since,’’ Thompson said of Primitivo. “When he resumed I expected more from him but he does go terrible at Rosehill and super at Randwick. I don’t know why, it’s bizarre, but I’m happy he is back running at Randwick again.’’

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Primitivo hasn’t tasted victory since January 11, 2020. Picture: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

Primitivo is at $14 in early TAB Fixed Odds betting on the Summer Cup behind the Mark Newnham-trained duo, $4 favourite Spirit Ridge and Greysful Glamour next at $4.60.

Thompson has booked lightweight jockey Jay Ford to ride Primitivo at 53kg in the Summer Cup, replacing Hugh Bowman who has the mount on Godolphin’s Best Of Days, the equal topweight with 59kg.

Primitivo’s win in the Magic Millions Trophy was one of three $1 million races Thompson-trained horses won during 2020.

Thompson also won big-money races with Dreamforce in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and Sweet Deal in The Hunter. The trainer’s only previous $1 million race win came a decade ago with Gathering in the Group 1 Railway Stakes.

“It’s been a good year for the stable,’’ Thompson said.

“When Primitivo won the Magic Millions Trophy, the target for the next 12 months was to get him back for that race.

“But he should run a really good race in the Summer Cup. He handles most track conditions and has come on again since his last start.’’

The Thompson stable has three runners at Randwick with unraced juvenile Xtremetime entered for the Boxing Day Plate (1100m) and Dunbrody Power in The Agency Real Estate Handicap (1200m).

Trainer John Thompson is backing Primitivo to come good for the Summer Cup and end the year with a bang. Picture: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

Xtremetime, a $160,000 Magic Millions yearling purchase, is a daughter of Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice and showed ability when third in a Randwick barrier trial earlier this month.

“She is a lovely filly but after one trial it’s a matter of whether she might need the run,’’ the trainer said. “But she has a bright future.’’

Xtremetime is rated at $41 in the juvenile opener behind brilliant Breeders Plate winner Shaquero at $1.90.

Thompson is looking forward to another competitive effort from Dunbrody Power who is in very good form this campaign.

She won first-up on the Kensington track, then ran fifth to Stolen Jade at The Gong meeting at Kembla Grange, before her close third to Surreal Step at Rosehill.

Dunbrody Power is back in a race restricted to fillies and mares, and she gets in well at the weights on 56kg after apprentice Chris Williams’s claim.

“I’ve been really happy with Dunbrody Power, she is going well,’’ Thompson said.

“She is one of those ‘get-back’ horses that needs a bit of luck but if things go her way, she will be hard to beat.’’

Dunbrody Power has been installed on the second line of betting at $6.50 alongside the Les Bridge-trained Madam Legend. Salina Dreaming, trained by Angela Davies, is at the of betting at $6 for the Randwick closer.

Originally published asPrimitivo looking to end 2020 with a bang

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