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Give Luca credit for Wonderful piece of training; Alastair Down On Friday.



WITH all the whip furore that followed Tuesday's Juddmonte International, Luca Cumani Luca Cumani (born April 7, 1949 in Milan, Italy) is an Italian thoroughbred horse trainer. He has trained at Bedford Lodge Stables in Newmarket, England since 1976 and was previously assistant trainer to Henry Cecil.  probably failed to get due credit for the skill and patience he has shown with the winner One So Wonderful.

Her sole defeat and the one blot on her copybook (programming, library) copybook - (Or "copy member", "copy module") A common piece of source code designed to be copied into many source programs, used mainly in IBM DOS mainframe programming.

In mainframe DOS (DOS/VS, DOS/VSE, etc.
 came when she ran a stinker in Sandown's Brigadier Gerard Stakes The Brigadier Gerard Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for four-year-old and above thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1 mile 2 furlongs and 7 yards (2,018 metres) at Sandown Park Racecourse in late May or early June.  and Luca said: "She remembered she was there to race but forgot how to behave and really did get her knickers in a twist."

Urbane as ever, Cumani was delighted to have won but his initial reaction was that the filly filly

young female horse up to first breeding or 4 years, then a maiden mare. Called filly foal up to weaning, then weanling filly to 1 year, then yearling filly to 2 years.
 had got beat. After big winners at York the Wily One slips through the press room en route to the unsaddling enclosure. And after pausing to watch a replay on the box he said: "I think Frankie's won it."

Happy to be wrong, he laughed off the fact that the yard hadn't sent out a winner for 25 days, saying: "We Italians like to take a bit of time off in August!" But Sarah Cumani stressed that there was more to the victory than met the eye and said: "Luca has done really well to get this filly to win this race. She went totally screwy screw·y  
adj. screw·i·er, screw·i·est Slang
1. Eccentric; crazy.

2. Ludicrously odd, unlikely, or inappropriate.



screw
 at Sandown and he has done a lot to get her back. She has been to the races loads of times when we have had other runners and that has helped her quite a bit."

Given that the yard has been so out of form it is arguable ar·gu·a·ble  
adj.
1. Open to argument: an arguable question, still unresolved.

2. That can be argued plausibly; defensible in argument: three arguable points of law.
 that there may be a bit more to come from One So Wonderful, a filly who was favourite for the 1,000 Guineas after her maiden two-year-old win.

Cumani stressed she is very much an autumn filly and said: "Last spring she took a very long time to come to hand. She was woolly in her coat and never looked right. We sent her back home in May and got her back in June."

Although she won only narrowly in what one press room judge called "a Group 2 race for a Group 1 prize", the fact remains that she has only been beaten once in three seasons and that was when losing the plot before the Brigadier Gerard
For the horse of the same name see Brigadier Gerard (horse).


Brigadier Gerard is the hero of a series of comic short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The hero, Etienne Gerard, is a Hussar in the French Army during the Napoleonic Wars.
.

With options in Ireland, Britain and America, plus a choice between 10 furlongs and 12, it will be interesting to see where Luca next unleashes her. But she certainly has the right attitude in a finish and her trainer might squeeze a drop more improvement from her yet.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Down, Alastair
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 21, 1998
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