By Grahame Timbrell
Premiership winning country trainer, Brett Cavanough, will find time to have two runners at Muswellbrook today as he oversees the establishment of his new stable at Scone.
These will be the first horses Cavanough has started at Muswellbrook and follows his winning double at Scone on 3 April.
Cavanough has moved a large part of his team from Albury to Scone and taken over the stables recently vacated by Greg Bennett.
“The move is going along well but we are taking our time,” Cavanough said.
The trainer’s two runners are Avroson which will start in the Horsepower Benchmark 60 (1750m) as the next step towards the Country Cup at the Scone carnival and Yours Mine Ours which runs in the XXXX Gold Class Two (900m) and clashes with the promising Invincible Quest.
Arvoson will be having his second run after resuming with a fifth over 1500 metres at Albury on 24 March.
“He ran second in the Country Staying Classic at Randwick last October but essentially I think he is a country cups horse,” Cavanough said. “The country cup at Scone is the one we want with him.”
Yours Mine Ours has not won since he scored on the synthetic track at Geelong in May, 2015.He was later switched to Cavanough and in six runs for him has been placed at Wagga, Gundagai and Mudgee before running last in a Highway Hcp at Randwick in December and being sent for a spell.
The Brett Partelle trained Invincible Quest will use Thurday’s Muswellbrook race meeting as a spring board to what the trainer hopes will be greater riches.
“There are some nice sprints coming up in the next month or two including several races at the Scone carnival which will suit him,” Partelle said.
“He is a nice horse but a quirky horse and when he first came to me he was hot-headed.
“He is gradually coming around but is still a work in progress.
“Having his own yard during the day and plenty of salt water swimming suits him.
“I have been in this game a long time and I have learned never to get excited about a horse but he is a nice animal and I think there is a nice race in him.”
Invincible Quest was sent to Partelle after winning a Goulburn maiden but spent 12 months on the sideline with a leg injury.
He made an inauspicious debut for Partelle when he failed to finish at Gosford after bucking.
“He is thin skinned and I think the saddle pinched him,” Partelle said.
Six week and two trials later he careered away to win a Class One over 900 metres at Cessnock by almost six lengths.
He goes into this race off a five week break with Aaron Bullock, who rode him at Cessnock, back in the saddle again.
SELECTIONS: 1-1.00, AMERICAN PHAROAH @ COOLMORE MAIDEN, 900m: MISS VICTA 1, Kennywyn 2, Joanne’s Crusin’ 3, Lady Iveagh 4. 2-1.35, MIKKI ISLE @ ARROWFIELD 3YO MAIDEN, 1000m: CAPPELLA MAGNA 1, Snipex Abaa 2, Chastity Strikes 3, Cristal Lulu 4. 3-2.10, GODOLPHIN MAIDEN, 1500m: PAEONIA 1, Bow River 2, Ticket To Fly 3, Just Bute 4. 4-2.45, TWO RIVERS WINES CLASS TWO , 1450m: UNNAMED STRATEGY 1, Ti Tan Tiger 2, Tia 3, Unsinkable Sam 4. 5-3.25, HORSEPOWER BENCHMARK 60, 1750m: ZIJIN CHENG 1, Avroson 2, Sculptures 3, Charlie Royale 4. 6-4.05, XXXX GOLD CLASS TWO, 900m: INVINCIBLE QUEST 1, Isthmian 2, Gone Viral 3, Kenny Succeed 4. 7-4.45, MAGIC MILLIONS NATIONAL SALE BENCHMARK 55, 1280m: I AM SERIOUS 1, Twelfth Raj 2, Tudor Sunrise 3, Ultimate Fantasy 4.
Best Bets: Miss Victa, Invincible Quest.