AUSTRALIA’S hottest trainer Brett Cavanough hopes to unleash record-breaking colt Just A Bullet on the Albury Gold Cup carnival.
The highly talented sprinter won even more admirers on Saturday when he broke Albury’s track record over 1000 metres in the Coca Cola Class 3 handicap.
Cavanough, who has the best strike rate in Australian racing this year, admits the lure of the $50,000 Flat Knacker at his home carnival could prove too hard to ignore.
“We’re a rock in a hard place at the minute,” Cavanough said.
“We’ve got to decide whether we keep him up for the carnival or send him to the paddock.
“He’s been in for three or four months now, so it’s hard.
“We’ll give it a couple of weeks and see how we go.”
The colt, who has won his past four races and been beaten just once, had to negotiate a wide draw, as well as the top weight of 61 kilograms to win.
Just A Bullet held out talented Wagga sprinter Power Alert by a length to score an all the way win.
Cavanough, who has won half the races he’s entered this year, couldn’t help but be impressed by Just A Bullet’s performance.
“He ticked a lot boxes on Saturday,” Cavanough said.
“Weight, a wide gate, good opposition and the heat.
“He was there to be beaten.”
Cavanough enjoyed another strong day at his home office on Saturday, snatching another winning double.
Strada’s Diamond took out the last race of the day to put Cavanough at the top of Racenet’s “hot trainer” rankings.
In an added boost for Border racing, Wodonga’s Brian Cox sits second with a winning strikerate of 36.8 per cent over the past three weeks.
Equine giant Tumbulgum charged home at the juicy odds of $13 in race 6 at Albury on Saturday, with stablemate Club Zero claiming second spot to give Cox a quinella in the Eliza Thompson Trophy over 1175 metres.
Apprentice jockey Nick Heywood enjoyed three wins for the day, with Thomas Sadler guiding both of Cavanough’s winners over the line.
But it wasn’t all good news for jockeys, with Richard Bensley breaking his left wrist after a fall in the first.
He was injured after he was thrown off City Alert.