BRETT Cavanough has finished the biggest year in his training career in perfect fashion, claiming four races at Corowa yesterday
Albury’s premier trainer, who won his first Albury Gold Cup with Niblick in March, took four horses — and they all won.
“It’s not a bad day at the office, is it?” Cavanough said.
Cavanough’s day started in promising fashion when well-backed four-year-old Steakandbearnaise ($1.80f) won on debut by more than a length over 1200 metres.
Strada’s Diamond ($4.40) then joined the party with a win as the bottom-weight in the 1300-metre (C2) handicap.
Super-talented sprinter Just A Bullet ($1.90f) then scored another win, storming home by five lengths after leading all the way in a benchmark 65 handicap over 1000 metres.
Just A Bullet, which has now won three of its first four starts, took the speed up to main rival Talbanga ($3) early and simply proved far too classy on the home straight.
But Cavanough’s day wasn’t done with there.
Game Of Shadows then overcame a slow start to come from the clouds in the final race of the day, making a late charge from the tail of the field to claim the benchmark 59 over a mile.
Despite missing the kick, the four-year-old gelding had little trouble reeling in frontrunner Areteare once a run appeared on the home straight.
Talented apprentice Jake Duffy rode all four of Cavanough’s winners, earning a big wrap from the trainer.
“He’s really maturing,” Cavanough said. “He’s a good kid.
“It’s always nice when you’ve local horses, with local owners, too.
“We’re really happy with that.”
Richard Freyer, Gerald Egan and Dave Heywood were other trainers to enjoy wins at Corowa yesterday.
Meanwhile, in-form gelding Prince Pedro is city-bound after claiming the $25,000 Ted Ryder Cup at Wagga last week.
The Cavanough-trained five-year-old has been accepted at Flemington tomorrow in the $80,000 George Watson Handicap (1400 metres).
“It’s been a hectic few weeks,” an enthusiastic Cavanough said.
“Hopefully we can start the new year with a win.”