THE Brett Cavanough juggernaut gathered more momentum with the leading trainer landing a double with Loved Up and Corsica Lad at Wagga yesterday.
Cavanough lifted his season tally to 42 winners in the Southern District, surpassing his previous best of 40.
With more than two months left of the season he has an iron grip on another trainer’s premiership. He has a commanding 12-win lead over Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland.
Cavanough’s big season is largely due to his outstanding three-year-olds, including Scatcat, Just A Bullet and The Monstar.
Loved Up also looks a well-above-average filly, scoring an arrogant win in the $15,000 2YO Handicap (1200 metres) with Jake Duffy aboard.
After bundling the start, Loved Up ($2 fav) was running 11th 400-metres from home but unleashed a devastating burst to score by 1¼ lengths.
It was the two-year-old’s second victory after winning on debut at Wangaratta.
Loved Up also finished sixth in group company at Randwick in April with Damien Oliver aboard before running second in a strong race over the Wagga carnival earlier this month.
“She did what I expected, considering her form before the race,” Cavanough said.
“She bungled the start again and is a bit like her sire (Nicconi) who used to get back before unleashing late.
“While not as talented as her father, she looks to be an above average filly in the making.”
Cavanough said Loved Up may return to Sydney for her next start, over 1400 metres.
Corsica Lad ($2.50 fav) made a winning debut in the $15,000 Maiden Plate (1100 metres) with Rebecca Williams aboard.
The Richard Pegum-owned four-year-old gelding jumped to the front and was never seriously challenged to win by 1½ lengths.
“He is a well-bred horse, well owned and was well ridden,” he said.
“He has won a maiden, he ran 57 seconds and got home in 33, so he might improve.
“I will just give him an easy three weeks and we might raise the bar with him and have a look at a lot stronger race next start.”
Cavanough has nominated stablemates Scatcat, Niblick and Price Of Glory for Saturday races at Flemington.