BRETT Cavanough could give punters an early Christmas present when he saddles up more than half of the favourites at Wagga’s Ted Ryder Cup meeting today.
The Albury trainer will take a six-horse team to the club’s meeting — four of them favourites and the other two second favourites.
The undefeated Monstar ($1.50) is the shortest-priced of the stable runners and city winner Prince Pedro ($4.60) the longest, in the feature race itself.
Former star Kiwi juvenile Silk Pins will debut for the stable in the last race a $3 favourite. Zaripova is also a short-priced favourite to make it two wins on the trot, while honest gelding Game of Shadows heads the market in a 1400m race.
Cavanough yesterday played down his hand at the Christmas-Eve meeting.
“It’s a tough test with a big weight for The Monstar,” he said.
“Zaripova and Dazed Ale are both up in distance but we expect them to run well.
“Game of Shadows is fit, hasn’t been unplaced in four runs this campaign but will be tested by the wide gate.
“Prince Pedro should relish the sting out of the ground after the rain and Silk Pins really is just a show-and-tell for us — we’ll know more about her after the race.”
Silk Pins finished runner-up in the Karaka Millions and was placed in group races as a two-year-old in New Zealand.
But the now four-year-old mare had six starts with Sydney premiership-winning trainer Chris Waller with out success and was then sidelined for nine months as she recovered from a bone chip.
A third placing at a midweek meeting at Canterbury in October was her best result in nine starts for Waller.
Premier Wodonga trainer Brian Cox also has a strong hand at Wagga with seven starters.
Bookies fancy Formal Dawn ($6) in the first and Club Zero ($6) in the last as the best of his runners.
Cox will also saddle up Full Hand and He’s an Angel in the 1600-metre Ted Ryder Cup.