Cumani is chasing a second Pakenham Cup

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Matt Cumani is set to saddle two runners in the Pakenham Cup as he chases a second Listed race win

Matt Cumani is no stranger to winning the Pakenham Cup, but it’s also a race that has caused the trainer a bit of heartache.

Etah James took the Listed race over 2500m in 2019, forming part of a long-priced double for the Cumani stable on the day.

Cumani was not about to see Etah James win at $61 after an earlier win by Future Score at $17.

“It was a great day for the stable, but I was at a wedding that day and I almost got lynched for not tipping them,” Cumani said.

Cumani returns for another shot at the Pakenham Cup on Saturday, this time with Future Score, three years on from that first-up success over 1600m with Nobel Heights.

Future Score will have his third run of a spell and enters the race 3-½ lengths fourth to Bankers Choice in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2000m) on November 19.

“I was delighted with his run at Ballarat considering it was probably on a slightly softer ground,” Cumani said.

“Whether that had a negative effect on him or not, I don’t know.

“The 2000m was a bit short for him, but for that stage of his training, which was second for an eight-year-old holding his weight a bit longer, I thought it was a great run. .

“He came out of it really well and I think he’s ready for the 2500m on Saturday. It might still be a test for him to be third, but he’s in great form.”

Cumani said next the Listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) at Flemington, the Listed Torney Night Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley along with the Adelaide Cup and Sydney Cup are potential targets.

A son of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente, Cumani said Nobel Heights was still developing as a stayer despite making his 15th start on Saturday.

Nobel Heights was a last start after Kissinger, an opponent again on Saturday, over 2540m in the landmark 84 class at Cranbourne on November 12.

“He’s still quite juvenile in some ways, especially physically,” Cumani said.

“I think he still has some improvement to make, a typical Fiorente, because they get better with age.

“He’s a great horse with a great attitude and great action.”

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