Sam Kavanagh has had the $200,000 Magic Millions Stayers Cup (1800m) in his mind for four-year-old gelding Centre Pivot for a while now but after he failed to win any of his three starts this campaign, the trainer put the ambitious plan on the backburner.
Centre Pivot missed out on a placing in a benchmark 75 his first time out in October before finishing runner up his next two times out.
However after the gelding won the Drummond Gold Handicap (1550m) at Canterbury Park on Wednesday afternoon by a whopping five lengths, a run in the 2015 Magic Millions Carnival is back on the cards.
“We’ve had the Magic Millions Stayers Cup on our mind for a while, but I would have thought he’d have won a race by now,” the trainer told TVN following the win.
“We’ll go back to a stayers’ race now and see what happens.”
While Kavanagh would have preferred a win earlier in the campaign, he still has six weeks to prepare Centre Point for the Magic Millions Stayers Cup on January 10.
Blake Shinn rode the gelding in his five length victory this afternoon, and has no reservations about his ability to succeed over 1800m.
“I know Sam has some ambitious plans for this horse ending in the Magic Millions Stayers race and the way he felt today he will be a super chance in a race like that,” Shinn said.
“He got the right run but I was super impressed with the way he let down when I asked him to go.”
Centre Point was $2.50 equal favourite with O’Reilly’s Revenge at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Drummond Gold Handicap, justifying his favouritism as he ran away from runner-up Roman Desire and third placing The Explorer.
Even with his five length lead, Shinn was forced to go for Centre Pivot in the straight as the gelding’s mind began to wander.
“He’s a nice horse but you’ve got to teach them how to win,” he said.
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