Forecast rain builds confidence for Cav’s mudlarks

Price of Glory (front) and Niblick give each other some attention. Picture: KYLIE ESLER
Price of Glory (front) and Niblick give each other some attention. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

LEADING Albury trainer Brett Cavanough is keen to have stablemates Niblick and Price Of Glory on the quick back up in Friday’s Wagga Gold Cup.

Both gallopers finished unplaced in the same race at Sandown on Saturday and Cavanough said the stablemates would be among the final acceptors when the final field for Wagga’s premier race was released today.

Price Of Glory recently produced the run of his career to finish second in last month’s Albury Gold Cup with Niblick running eighth.

Cavanough welcomed the forecast of rain over the next couple of days, with both gallopers being noted mudlarks.

“There is plenty of rain about so both my horses will go around in the cup,” he said.

“They had a nice little blow out on the weekend over 1800 metres.

“One of the Wagga committee men said the race had fallen away like you wouldn’t believe.

“So it doesn’t look like being an overly strong Wagga Cup, which is a good thing from my point of view.

“I just need the rain to come and my pair will be ultra competitive.”

Linda Meech has been booked to ride Price Of Glory while Billy Egan will partner Niblick.

Cavanough will also saddle up several other runners over the two-day carnival, including Number One Gun, Loved Up and Ceccanti.

Number One Gun is a recent stable addition and was formerly trained by John O’Shea.

The five-year-old gelding finished unplaced at his most recent start on Magic Millions day and resumes from a 15-week spell in the $85,000 Wagga Town Plate (1200m) on Thursday.

Number One Gun is owned by Perth businessman Emile Panossian, owner of 2012 Albury Gold Cup winner Niblick.

“He is a pretty smart horse and has won a couple of races in town,” he said.

“He is yet to win first-up but it looks a nice race for him with the topweight (Unanimously) looking the testing material.”

Chris Munce is booked to ride Loved Up in the $20,000 Inglis Bonus 2YO Hcp (1200 metres).

Loved Up is also eligible for the $50,000 Inglis bonus attached to winning the race.

The two-year-old filly was an impressive first-up winner at Wangaratta before running sixth in group 3 company at Randwick on Doncaster Day with Damien Oliver aboard.