IN-FORM Albury trainer Brett Cavanough looks to have unearthed yet another promising galloper after Corsica Lad made it two wins from as many starts at Swan Hill on Sunday.
The four-year-old gelding won a maiden at Wagga on debut last month and easily handled the rise in grade at Swan Hill to destroy his rivals by 3½ lengths.
After leading early, jockey Linda Meech scouted wide on the home turn and Corsica Lad ($2.60fav) unleashed a devastating turn of foot when challenged at the 200-metre mark to score an impressive win.
Cavanough said Corsica Lad was a well above average galloper and may prove superior to smart stablemates Scatcat and The Monstar.
“He may just be top shelf,” Cavanough said.
“We have a GPS system which we use called e-Tracker and he is an elite galloper.
“He hasn’t run any track records yet but he is probably as good as Just A Bullet — maybe even better.
“I have had a lot of good horses over the years but to have Scatcat, Just A Bullet, The Monstar and now Corsica Lad — I feel blessed.
“Linda got off him and said ‘this horse is a machine and you should head straight to town with him’.”
Cavanough and Meech landed a double after The Monstar ($4) proved too slick in the $35,000 Benchmark 78 Hcp (975 metres).
The smart sprinter has now won six of 10 career starts and almost $100,000 in career earnings.
“One of the owners, Graeme Edgar, was disappointed we went to Swan Hill instead of racing at Albury next Monday because The Monstar is vying for Horse of the Year honours at Albury,” Cavanough said.
“While it would be nice to win for the local owners I decided to go to Swan Hill and he won $21,000.
“I said to Graeme now he has won at Swan Hill you can go and buy 100 of those $200 trophies for Horse of the Year.
“Apparently the owners went mad watching the race at The Star and nearly tore the television off the wall after he won.”