Leading trainer Scott Brunton only saddled up the five runners last weekend but had plenty to celebrate, with three winners.
He kicked off at Flemington last Saturday with the highly promising The Inevitable taking out a $125,000 benchmark 90 handicap over 1000 metres under apprentice Michael Poy at his first run back from a break.
The Dundeel gelding tracked short-priced favourite Assertive Approach throughout before wearing him down over the concluding stages. That pair finished well clear of the rest.
The Inevitable’s main target this spring will be the inaugural $7.5 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill on November 2, a race in which he has already firmed from $51 to $17 after Saturday’s first-up win.
Brunton followed up with a winning double at Devonport last Sunday with the only two horses he took to the meeting.
Siggy Carr took the winning rides on both, opening up with The Sword, who scored a strong on-pace victory in the Class 3 handicap over 1350 metres.
The Redoute’s Choice five-year-old gelding began his current campaign as a 16-start maiden but has notched three wins and two placings from his five runs this prep.
Brunton and Carr completed their double with former Victorian Havana Deejay, who scored a dominant 2¼-length win in the 1650-metre maiden at just his second local outing.
Carr went on to complete a Devonport treble on the Team Wells-prepared Gee Gee Bay Watch, who finished off strongly from midfield to take the Class 1 handicap over 1150 metres at his first run back from a break.
Good luck, Mystic
Tasmania will again be well represented in Melbourne this weekend with Adam Trinder’s star mare Mystic Journey kicking off her spring campaign in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Australian Guineas and All-Star Mile winner will be aimed at the Cox Plate this time in, for which she is the current favourite.