A decision some 50 years ago by the late Delvan Rickerby to send his good mare Sue Adios to race in New South Wales with the ultimate aim of accessing Overtrick has been paying some nice dividends just lately for his daughter, Shirley Cummings, and hubby Marty.

Sue Adios was a Jerry Adios mare and a half-sister to a good horse in Curragh Dan (8 wins), while her Van Dieman dam Cuidado was a sister to a good mare in Florita (8 wins).

Sue Adios won 19 races in Australia with five at Harold Park including the Ladyship Stakes, or the forerunner to that Gr.1 event.

Rickerby left Sue Adios in Australia and her first three foals were by Overtrick, perhaps the first really high profile stallion imported Down Under in the days before trans Tasman transported semen.

Overtrick was a really top horse racing in the 1960s and while he never really made it at stud, finding his way to Australia late in life when unable to withstand the Meadow Skipper onslaught which arrived in the 70s, he would prove influential in maternal lines with Christian Cullen, Falcon Seelster and No Nukes being notable examples in that respect.

Sue Adios produced three foals by Overtrick before Rickerby sold her to Brisbane’s Kevin Seymour.

A first foal colt in Even Trick wasn’t up to much but the second in the filly Adios Trick was a top class youngster and Rickerby brought her back to race in New Zealand.

Jack Smolenski trained Adios Trick to win four of her five two-year-old races in 1985, her only defeat that season coming on the grass in the Sapling Stakes when she finished fourth behind the top colts Malaz, Nardinski and Samson.

Adios Trick returned as a three-year-old in good form and won five races, culminating in the Gr.1 Great Northern Oaks by four lengths over Kurahaupo Eden in April of 1985, although her career went off the rails from that point.

Rickerby would pass away on August 1 of 1985 and Adios Trick was bred from by his estate, or wife Elaine, who sent her to the best sires around at that time in Smooth Fella, Vance Hanover and Holmes Hanover, with her last two foals by Caprock and Dream Away.

She produced five winners from nine foals and while most of them didn’t amount to much, outside of Hanover Trick (5 NZ wins, US1.54.6), her last foal in the Dream Away filly Sue Dreamer won six races and $54,000, taking out the Gr.3 North Island Breeders Stakes over Waitfornoone.

“Sue Dreamer went through the yearling sales and mum bought her back in order to buy out her partner in the ownership,” recalls Shirley.

“She was raced on lease by a syndicate which had the rights to her first foal and then we took her over.”

Last Friday night’s Addington winner in promising three-year-old Gran Chico is Sue Dreamer’s fourth foal and fourth nice horse, although the first one in Bettor Adios went down as a non-winner.

“The syndicate which raced Sue Dreamer wasn’t agreeing on much towards the end so Bettor Adios went through the sales and was bought by Wayne Adams for 30k.

“He finished third on debut at Addington and there was an offer on the table from Australia for over 100k, but not long after he was lost in a paddock accident where he ran through eight fences.”

The Cummings retained the first two foals they bred from Sue Dreamer with Jumbo Jet winning twice for trainer Nigel McGrath before a good sale to Western Australia, where he won 12 races from 30 starts including an M2-M4 at Gloucester Park.

Jumbo Jet was then on sold to America and took a mark of 1.53.8h at Yonkers, although he died last year.

The second foal was Lovetodream and she won eight races and $73,000 before going to stud, where she is now in foal for the first time to A Rocknroll Dance.

Lovetodream won five races for McGrath including the Ladies Mile at Ashburton in 1.56.6, while she was in foal when she won this year’s Marlborough Cup under the Dunns.

Like Jumbo Jet, Lovetodream was, or is, owned by the Cummings’ in partnership with Gary and Kerry Woodham and Brent and Suzanne Williams.

Gran Chico is a Bettor’s Delight brother to Lovetodream and McGrath bought him at the Premier Sale for $31,000. He was the first yearling that Cummings had prepared for the sales.

Sue Dreamer has since produced a two-year-old sister in Sugar Loaf, who has done a second prep with John Dunn, but she then had a second dead foal by Mach Three.

“She’s now in foal to Somebeachsomewhere and that was a pleasant surprise and a relief when we got that news.

“I can recall Linda Jones becoming the first lady to be licensed as a jockey and I got my licence about six months later.”

“She’d had three goes with Mach Three for nothing so we were beginning to wonder if something was going on there, and there were also question marks over the semen of Somebeachsomewhere last year.

“She was served at Nevele R and I understand they did 18 mares with Somebeachsomewhere last season and only five got in foal.”

The Cummings have had horses for many years and Shirley actually won a few of those races for lady drivers only which were a novelty back in the late 70s.

“I can recall Linda Jones becoming the first lady to be licensed as a jockey and I got my licence about six months later.”

The Cummings have a property at Weedons with three broodmares nowadays, with Martin having a ‘real job’ as a property valuer.

Sue Adios also produced a sister to Adios Trick in Australia in Senator Sue, who wound up being brought back to New Zealand by National Bloodstock.

When she came up in a dispersal sale in 1990 while in foal to Rashad, the Cummings snapped her up and the resulting foal in Silver Senator won five races for them under the Dunns.

Seymour would later breed a string of good performers from Sue Adios, the best of them being Sweet Liberty, a filly by the Albatross horse Gatwick who won 21 races and $103,000.

She won a Sires Stakes final for juvenile fillies at Albion Park in 1991 and at stud she produced My Liberty Belle (19 wins, $185,000, Qld Sires Stakes 3yo Final), the dam of Philadelphia Man (1.52.7, 24 wins, $559,000).

The latter won a Vicbred 3yo final and the Blacks A Fake and has just made a comeback after previously racing in Lennytheshark’s 2015 Inter Dominion in Perth.

The top two-year-old colt Centenario, a winner of this year’s APG Final and second at the Breeders Crown behind Hurricane Harley last month, is from a sister to Philadelphia Man.

So Grand Chico has some smart relations and they all emanate from Rickerby’s decision to race a filly in Australia with a view to breeding a filly by Overtrick.

That went rather well and today his daughter is forever grateful to be breeding from such a nice mare as Sue Dreamer, while being so well placed to go forward with her daughters.