Slow start, but Niblick is on right path for a second cup

Brett Cavanough
Brett Cavanough

LEADING trainer Brett Cavanough is not reading too much into the first-up performance of his stable star Niblick at Flemington last Saturday.

The Albury Gold Cup winner failed to fire in his first start from a 19-week spell to finish 12th — more than nine lengths behind the Lloyd Williams-owned Foundry.

Cavanough said Niblick would benefit from the run.

“He just knocked up in the straight, being fat,” Cavanough said yesterday.

“It’s what we probably thought would happen”

He will head to Canberra for the National Sprint on March 9 before tackling the Albury Gold Cup — it’s his grand final and the plan is to go into it third-up from a spell.”

Niblick won the National Sprint last year before handing Cavanough his first hometown feature at his next start.

Unraced three-year-old Miss Mellencamp was an impressive trial winner at Albury on Tuesday.

Miss Mellencamp is sired by Xaardante, a former smart juvenile trained by Cavanough.

Xaardante was a metropolitan winner as a two-year-old and was also placed in group 3 company on the Gold Coast.

Miss Mellencamp’s dam, Holy Camp, was also trained by Cavanough.

“Miss Mellencamp trialled exceptional and looks like we have got a three-year-old maiden ready to roll for the Albury carnival,” Cavanough said.