LEADING Albury trainer Brett Cavanough has started the New Year in scintillating fashion with a treble at Albury yesterday.
Cavanough’s hot run at home continued with Dazed Ale ($2fav), Ceccanti ($6) and New Moves ($5) all saluting on the seven-race program.
Dazed Ale’s narrow win from Come To Moi ($14), followed his other home-track successes on November 6 and December 15.
The late bloomer also ran second at Wagga early last month — the only career blemish to date.
But Cavanough isn’t getting carried away with the lightly raced five-year-old.
“He looks like he’ll be a nice horse but we’ll let them all get over the heat first,” he said.
He said good preparation and teammwork on the day were behind yesterday’s wins.
“We’ve got good work riders and good staff who look after them all,” he said.
“It was filthy hot but being at home helped.”
Ceccanti was Cavanough’s biggest surprise, according to bookmakers, yet Cavanough was anything but surprised after labelling the mare his best chance in yesterday’s Daily Advertiser.
His prediction came to fruition courtesy of a 1.3-length victory in the $15,000 Southern Asset Services Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1175 metres.
It was the mare’s first run in four months.
New Moves then capped off an impressive afternoon for the Albury stable with a win in the $15,000 Garry Purtell Caltex Union Road Class 2 Plate over 1000 metres.
The filly was one of six horses to upstage David Hayes-trained favourite Spirited Addition ($3). Hayes later bounced back in the last with Black Carat.
Raymond Steer, Martin Stein and duo Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones also trained winners.
Apprentice jockey Jarrod Woodhouse rode all three of Cavanough’s winners.