Scott Cumming got a shock when Landmarks won the Jacaranda Prelude last week at Grafton but it may well cost him his chance to win his main task in Wednesday’s feature.
The Casino trainer had the six-year-old on a Cup campaign around the Northern Rivers and Landmarks delivered back-to-back hometown cups in August, a race for which he was set.
He freshened him up after a handy second in the Bowraville Cup at the end of September with this Jacaranda Handicap in mind. Fresh from a five-week break he was too strong, charging home to win the Prelude, but it came at a cost.
"He did surprise me a little that he was able to win over the 1100m," Cumming told Racing NSW. "I've kept him fresh and I think he'll race well again on a fairly quick back-up for him. He'll get back again and should be hitting the line well. Matt Paget is two from two on him, so hopefully, he can maintain that perfect record on Wednesday."