The move to Scone looks to be agreeing with Brett Cavanough.
Cavanough, three times crowned as NSW Country’s leading trainer and 11-time premiership winner in the Southern Districts, recently headed north from Albury.
Since arriving at his new home, Cavanough has saddled up three winners from just eight runners in the Hunter-North West region.
A double at Scone on April 3 was followed by Monday’s debut win of enigmatic type Gripped at Tamworth.
His hopes of continuing that winning streak rest upon two hopes at Muswellbrook on Friday.
One is Lunar Duchess, a lightly-raced four-year-old mare in a 1280m Class 1 Handicap.
The other is a classy speedster who has flown the flag for his stable in recent seasons.
Corsica Lad has developed a record as a brilliant short-course horse, particularly dynamic at 900-1000m, winning six of his seven races at that distance range.
For his first HNW assignment, the son of Shamardal will carry 61.5kg in the feature $25,000 Arrowfield Stud Lone Pine Charge (1000m), with Rachael Murray in the saddle.
- SELECTIONS – Race 1: Harnova, Lord Cecil, Junglized; R2: My Maggie, Leaven Of Malice, Excelamour; R3: Lady Selkie, Roseito, Outta Space; R4: Powercraft, Our Chad, I Can Hear Music; R5: Walk Right In, Hunter Caulfield, Flavian; R6: Corsica Lad, Rubymay, Don't Tease Me; R7: Zadok The Priest, Whirlwind Ascent, Fort Sumter; R8: Lunar Duchess, Munjai, Stryke A Ransom.