BRETT Cavanough is off to a flying start as he looks to regain his title as the Southern District’s premier trainer.
Half-way through the racing season and Cavanough has shot to a commanding lead of 12 wins over his nearest rivals in Trevor Sutherland and Chris Heywood.
Cavanough has trained 28 winners, thanks largely to his talented crop of three-year-olds that have emerged in Scatcat, Just A Bullet and The Monstar.
The talented horseman won nine consecutive trainers titles before Sutherland claimed the honours for the past two seasons.
Albury trainer Kym Davison and Wagga’s Gary Colvin are equal fourth in the title chase with no wins.
Wodonga’s Nick Souquet has started his defence of the jockey title in fine style.
Souquet is equal leader with Canberra-based hoop Brendan Ward, both with 22 wins.
The pair are six ahead of Albury jockey Simon Miller on 16 wins with apprentice Jake Duffy (15) and Richard Bensley (13) rounding out the top five.