IT is the clash Border racing fans have been dreaming about.
The Brian Cox-trained Sumakaray versus the Brett Cavanough-trained Just A Bullet to decide the Border’s slickest sprinter in Friday’s $50,000 Flat Knacker Handicap (900 metres).
Sumakaray is regarded as the best credentialled locally trained galloper and was ultra-competitive over the Melbourne spring carnival in listed and group company.
Just A Bullet has stamped himself as a promising horse in the making, winning four of his first five starts in his first preparation.
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TAB Fixed Odds markets have a slight leaning towards Just A Bullet who is the pre-post favourite at $3.20, just ahead of Sumakaray at $4.
Cavanough has a three-pronged attack in the 900-metre dash with The Monstar ($9) and last-year’s winner Bossdon City ($14) also engaged.
Albury’s leading trainer said he was keeping his options open with Just A Bullet who is also nominated for Moonee Valley on Saturday.
“I’m not sure if Just A Bullet is a definite starter yet,” Cavanough said.
“It all depends on the weather and if looks like being a bog track at Albury, Just A Bullet will probably head to Moonee Valley instead.
“The Monstar will still go around while Bossdon City loves it wet and won it last year on a heavy track.”