Wangaratta trainer Steve Cunningham is hopeful of making his own mark on Oaks Day with two excellent winning chances at Albury today.
Albury Racing Club’s second meeting of the week coincides with Flemington’s Oaks Day and while he is a regular at major meetings in Melbourne, Cunningham will be just as pleased if he can land a winning double at the Albury TAB meeting.
He will be represented by Sasayuri in the Open (1175m) and Tycoon in the Class 2 (1175m) with Lachlan King claiming one and a half kilograms off both mares.
Cunningham feels Sasayuri can again prove her class in the small field.
The five-year-old is backing-up after finishing third at Moonee Valley last Friday night – a factor that has Cunningham even more confident.
“She has backed up three times before and won the three times,” he said.
“She was beaten by a smart horse at Moonee Valley, drew wide and had to do the hard work – she was very game.
“This race is perfect for her she is fit and has a good record when she races close together.”
With a record of six wins from 16 starts, Sasayuri has the strike-rate to live up to her race favouritism.
The mare opposes a small field that has been reduced by one with the scratching of Vinnie Vega who will race in Sydney on Saturday.
Cash Crisis has won three of his six starts including a three lengths victory at his latest start at Albury.
Meanwhile, Tycoon doesn’t have the record of Sasayuri but looks well placed to maybe win her second race.
The mare has been placed seven times form 12 starts for just the one win.
Cunningham is cautious assessing the mare’s prospects.
“She is pretty short in the betting for a horse that has won one race from 12,” he said.
“She is a great place chance, but as for winning she hasn’t done it often to justify such a short price.”
“The light weight suits her and she is drawn ok so hopefully she can win another race.”