Rarely does a race meeting at Albury pass where the name Brett Cavanough isn’t among the winning trainers and he has strong chances in four of the eight races on Friday.
With a career winning strike rate in excess of 20 percent, Cavanough’s runners should always be respected on his home track and that’s the case on Friday.
Promising Star Witness filly Cinastar will be chasing back-to-back wins in the Morris Wines 3YO Country Plate (1000m) after winning a benchmark 55 handicap at Wagga on February 12.
An analysis of the Vince Accardi dailysectionals.com.au data for the day shows that of the three 1000 metres races on the day the win of Cinastar was clearly the most impressive running superior overall time and sectionals including being the only horse all day to break 23 seconds for the last 400 metres.
The figures suggest Cinastar will take plenty of beating on Friday with the advantage of the inside gate over the same distance.
Al Maher four-year-old Avroson takes on 2000 metres for the first time in the Johnsons MME Benchmark 58 Handicap after winning a class one and maiden plate over 1600 metres at Wagga on February 22.
Avroson races like the trip will suit and is a winning chance again.
Cavanough holds all the aces in the Buller Wine Class 3 Handicap (1175m) with Margiel Stryker and Ruark.
Margiel Stryker looks the pick of the two coming off a Wagga class one win when resuming on January 26 recording the day’s best sectionals and still has plenty of scope for improvement.
Ruark is unbeaten in two runs at the track and distance but resumes without a trial on Friday and would need to be right at his peak to trouble the stablemate.
Raynes Park has to overcome a rise in grade and a significant jump in distance if he is to win the Albury Day Surgery Class 2 Handicap (1400m).
Raynes Park did plenty wrong winning on debut over 1000 metres at Albury on January 31 but was still too good for a maiden field starting at $13 which suggests he caught the stable off guard.
His breeding suggests he will get better as the distances get longer being a son of Congrats out of a Pentire mare and backing Brett Cavanough’s judgement with the quick step up in distance could pay dividends.