The Border Mail

By BRENT GODDE July 8, 2015, midnight

BRETT Cavanough will use the two-day Grafton carnival starting today as a stepping stone to bigger races for several of his stable stars.

The leading trainer is set to unleash this year’s Flat Knacker winner Corsica Lad, Just A Bullet, Steak- andbearnaise and recent stable addition Valar Morghulis first-up at Grafton.

Cavanough said all four gallopers — and import Thought Worthy — would then target a Brisbane winter campaign.

Steakandbearnaise and Valar Morghulis will spearhead the stables hopes at Grafton today with Corsica Lad and Just A Bullet set to clash in the same race the following day.

Valar Morghulis will be having his first start for Cavanough after having five starts for one win for good mate Peter Moody.

“She has had one preparation and won a maiden at Stawell,” Cavanough said.

“Today’s race will give us a better gauge of how talented she is.

“Steakandbearnaise is first-up from a tendon issue and today will also give us a guide to where he is at as well.

“All my horses are first-up at Grafton and will then head to Brisbane to have a crack at a few Saturday races.

“All of my horses heading to Brisbane with the exception of Thought Worthy are pretty smart young horses.

“They all boast a pretty handy strike rate and with no suitable races around home, I decided to dodge the wet tracks and head to Brisbane.”

Cavanough said he was eagerly anticipating the return of slick sprinters Corsica Lad and Just A Bullet who could clash in the $50,000 Sir James Kirby Quality (1000m).

Just A Bullet is also nominated for a sprint race at Doomben on Saturday.

Cavanough has booked Grafton jockey Ben Looker to partner all the stables runners with the exception of Just A Bullet who will be ridden by Tegan Harrison.

Cavanough and Looker previously combined for success with Helideck at Eagle Farm over the 2006 Brisbane winter carnival.

Helideck then went on to win the $176,400 Prime Ministers Cup at the Gold Coast at his next start to hand Cavanough one of his biggest successes when ridden by Scott Seamer.