TALENTED Tasmanian mare Miss Middleton has gone to Sydney to join legendary trainer Bart Cummings.
The move renews an old association between Cummings and Launceston owners Barry, Enid and David Larter.
The Larters have enjoyed great success with Cummings over the years, most notably with group 1 winners Alfa and El Mirada and group 1 placegetter Rainbow Bubbles.
Miss Middleton may not be headed to those heights just yet, but Bart Cummings's grandson and new training partner James has told the Larters that she will be aimed at group races.
``Originally our plan was to leave the mare in Melbourne with (Cummings's stable foreman) Reg Fleming,'' Barry Larter explained.
``But James rang us after looking at her form and watching her videos and said they wanted to get her up to Sydney.
``They have got a group race picked out for her.''
Larter said that, in his opinion, Miss Middleton should have won her only interstate run at Flemington 24 days ago.
Jockey Craig Newitt agreed.
``The way the track raced that day, she did a big job to finish fifth from a wide gate,'' Newitt said.
``I ended up a couple of lengths further back than I wanted to be, on a day when not a lot of horses made any ground.
``But she hit the line really good.
``I think her sectionals were probably the best in the race.''
Miss Middleton had previously won five of her seven starts in Tasmania for trainer Barry Campbell.
It was Campbell who also launched the careers of Alfa and El Mirada, although Rainbow Bubbles - third behind Camino Rose and Bonanova in the $500,000 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill in 1999 - did all her racing interstate.