BY BRUCE CLARK – @SNOWYCLARK
Brett Cavanough. (Pic: BrettCavanough.com.au)
Talk about on the move, long-time Albury-based trainer Brett Cavanough is relocating to a Toowoomba satellite stable as he awaits 40 boxes to be built at Scone.
This is all in the wake of his close mate Peter Moody leaving racing.
Cavanough grew up with Moody in central Queensland, both mentored by Brett’s grandfather Frank, and he would come to break in champion mare Black Caviar – indeed his core business was breaking in Moody horses.
“This has been coming for some time since Moods gave it away. It’s a $600,000 year (before costs) hole so I’ve got to regroup,” Cavanough told G1X.com.au.
Earlier this year Cavanough had to release 12 staff in the immediate aftermath of the Moody decision to quit racing as a trainer. He had a 30-horse barn at his Jindera Park property in Albury exclusively for the Moody pre-trainers.
Losing his major customer, along with the planned renovation of the Albury racetrack from August through to next March has forced Cavanough to think quickly.
So initially it’s back to the home state of Queensland for the very much Moody-like Cavanough. (It was Cavanough who travelled to Royal Ascot with Moody and Black Caviar and was one of the few who knew of the injury scare she carried into her Diamond Jubilee win).
“I’ve been granted 15 boxes in Toowoomba and we’ll move into them this weekend,” Cavanough said.
“They race in Toowoomba every Saturday night so my owners can watch them on television and if they are good enough to go to town in Brisbane we are well placed.
“I’ll still keep a base in Albury but it’s the Scone opportunity I am looking forward to most.”
Cavanough, who works closely with many of Australia’s leading breeders, believes a base at Scone can open up better opportunities for him as a trainer, if not as a breaker.
“The boxes may be ready by Christmas but if not early, in the new year. It just gives me access to the better bred horse I think,” he said.
Cavanough won the New South Wales title as leading country trainer in the 2006/07 season with his biggest win being the Prime Minister’s Cup with Helideck in 2008.
He is chasing his 11th Southern Districts Racing Association trainer’s premierships and holds a solid lead over nearest rival Trevor Sutherland.
Cavanough though does hold one other unique record not associated with racing. In September 1997, Brett became the first Australian to hold an official World Shearing Record when he shore 427 in eight hours at Widgeiwa Station in the Riverina.
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