A victory for Cinastar in Friday’s Morris Wines 3YO Country Plate at Albury will see the filly take aim at giving Brett Cavanough his fourth straight Flat Knacker next month.
Cavanough has won the past three editions of the 900m scamper with Boston Lady, The Monstar and Corsica Lad.
Cinastar dominated her opposition over today’s track and distance when coming off a 50-day break to defeat Man Of Peace by three lengths on January 16.
Man Of Peace is again in the firing line today but since they last met he’s gone on to win convincingly at Wagga after sitting three deep with no cover.
Cinastar has had mixed results — a distant defeat at Moonee Valley was backed up by a narrow win seven days ago at Wagga.
“Forget she went around at Moonee Valley,” Cavanough said. “It was an ordinary ride and she simply had no luck. She only fell in last week but the quick back-up should see her strip fitter.”
Cinastar is “injury prone” but Cavanough said “she’s been off the pony all week” and reckons the daughter of Star Witness will take some stopping on Friday.
“The main attraction is the fact she comes back to three-year-old company,” he said. “She’s got bad legs but Mick Malone from Kitchwin Hills can buy a bent-legged fast horse. He bought Snitzerland, who had terrible legs.
“Hopefully she runs well and goes to the Flat Knacker to give her owners a bit of fun. They’re a good bunch — the Wagga Pub syndicate and the Yenda Pub syndicate.”
Cavanough said providing “the real Avroson turns up he should canter in” when the gelding aims for two on the trot in the Johnsons MME Handicap (2000m).
Earlier in the day, Mechart should take some stopping in the Davidsons White Accountants Maiden Plate (1000m).
The four-year-old mare made her debut in the same race that Man of Peace won at Wagga. She finished third beaten two lengths after overracing when settling just off the speed.
Expect that experience to pay dividends when she lines up here and the 24-day break is ideal as it’ll keep enough freshness in her legs to sprint over today’s 1000m journey.