PREMIER Albury trainer Brett Cavanough flexed his spring racing muscle to claim a winning treble at Albury racecourse on Saturday.
In an outstanding training feat, the Cavanough stable claimed three of the five races it contested after not having a runner in the opener or race five.
Victory by Black Salt ($4.40-fav) and Racers ‘N’ Chasers ($4) handed Cavanough a race to race double before Via Torrone ($4.60) upstaged heavily backed stablemate Scatcat in the final race on the card.
Gundagai Cup placegetter Ceccanti resumed from a 27-week to run an honest third while stablemate Just Karma ($17) finished at the tail of the field in the $15,000 Maiden Handicap (1175 metres) taken out by Real Calm.
It meant Cavanough finished the day with three winners and two minor placegetters from six runners.
The nine-time Southern District premiership trainer also landed a winning treble at the corresponding meeting last year with Frog Hollow, Bass Rock and Crafty Choice.
Cavanough said it was satisfying to be able to land a winning double with stablemates Racer’s ‘N’ Chasers and Via Torrone for loyal stable clients in Albury Racing Club president David Wallace and long standing committeeman Stephen Baxter.
“It was big Wal’s (Wallace) and the Baxter brothers’ first ever double as owners and a huge thrill for them,” Cavanough said.
“Racers ‘N’ Chasers also run a class record and it was a good, tough effort over the mile.
“My gut feeling is we won’t see the best of him until he gets over 2000 metres.
“Via Torrone is building a consistent record and has now won three of her past six starts.”
Black Salt broke through for his first win from his third career start and is owned by one of Australia’s biggest and most successful racehorse owners in Nick Moraitis.
Cavanough said most of his stable runners would target races on their home track in the coming months.
“We basically race at Albury every fortnight now until the Albury Cup,” he said.
“They are mainly TAB meetings and are only across the road from the stable and it just makes common sense.
“It’s a big track in great condition and every horse get it’s chance to win.”