PREMIER Albury trainer Brett Cavanough provided favourite punters with some early Christmas cheer after preparing a winning double at Albury on Saturday.
The stable has been in red-hot form over the past six weeks with a phenomenal strike rate of 12 winners from its past 43 runners.
Cavanough has been particularly lethal on his home track with a treble and two doubles from the past four meetings at the venue.
The dominant force in Southern District training ranks said there was no secret behind his recent success.
“Hard work pays off,” Cavanough said.
Lightly raced five-year-old Dazed Ale ($2) promised better things to come after powering to his second career win from just his third race start with stable apprentice Jarrod Woodhouse aboard.
Cavanough brought up the first leg of his double earlier in the day when Trist Alrighty ($3) made it back-to-back wins in the $8000 Class 2 Plate (1400m) also with Woodhouse in the saddle.
“Both horses were broken in and educated at the stable so it was highly satisfying to see them win,” he said.
“Dazed Ale looks like he has got his fair share of ability and I have got a bit of an opinion of the horse.”
Trist Alrighty won her maiden over the Albury Gold Cup carnival in March and resumed in September after a 25-week spell.
The four-year-old mare struggled for form early in her preparation with three unplaced runs.
Cavanough said the form of Woodhouse in the saddle had been instrumental in Trist Alrighty being able to recapture her winning form.
“Jarrod has ridden her a treat at her past two starts and has a good association with the horse,” he said.
“It was her first try on a rain-affected track and I was unsure how she would handle it.
“She has been up for a while now but when mares strike form they usually hold it.
“She is only a lightly framed mare and it is not going to be easy to grade her from here on in.
“The main thing is she is a good trier and tries really hard in her races.”
Almost 2000 people attended the meeting despite the inclement weather. The club’s next meeting is on January 3.