Matt, Sarah and Massimo Cumani (Image: Karl Kaldawi)
It was a day of firsts on inaugural All-Star Mile Day at Flemington on Saturday in more ways than one as a well-bred youngster with unlimited potential made a winning debut at Headquarters.
The budding young star was Massimo Cumani, the 12-week-old son of Ballarat trainer Matt and the grandson of the former legendary Newmarket trainer Luca.
Massimo Cumani proved quite the lucky charm for his parents Matt and Sarah as his Flemington debut coincided with the win of his father's horse Wetakemanhattan ($6) in the $150,000 Grand Classic Final over 2000 metres.
Cumani later explained the naming of his first child: "My father set up a business with a great friend of his father's and he was called Massimo and he was a great and successful Italian businessman and he loved his racing and I always looked up to him as he was a real gentleman and I just thought it a great name for him," Matt Cumani said.
Wetakemanhattan took up a perfect spot just behind the speed for Jordan Childs and he burst clear and then held off the finishing sprint of $26 chance Dark Pearl to win by three-quarters of a length, with two further lengths to $10 chance El Don in third place.
WATCH: Hear from Cumani
WATCH: Wetakemanhattan's win