After splashing her way to victory in the Moama Bowling Club Handicap at Echuca Racecourse on Monday, six-year-old mare Moulin has been set for the Echuca Cup in May.
The wet track specialist, which stars at 1400m, the cup distance, ran away with Monday’s race and despite all pointers still started at a generous 6/1.
The Gaskin/Cornish stable ended the day on a high with Moulin and started the same way with new horse The Veal Thing going out at 11/2 in the first and coming home three and four wide to run right over the rest of the field.
Its jockey, apprentice Nyssa Burrells, drove from Warwick Farm for the ride, her first in Victoria, and as soon as the all-clear sounded was back in her car and heading home.
Michael Cornish said Burrells was dedicated to the horse when it was with the Ritchie stable in Sydney and was keen to get the ride here.
“Veal came down for our softer tracks and that has proved to be the perfect decision already,” Cornish said.
“Our day was like bookends, with winners in the first and last.
“But as the rain started to come down I got more excited about Moulin. At 1400m she has had 10 runs for five wins and three seconds – and she loves this track.
“Which is why she will now go to the paddock for a few weeks as Monday was her tenth run this preparation and she could do with a rest as she has been a lightly-raced force throughout her career.
“There will be a race for her at Moonee Valley in three weeks over 1200m and I think freshened up she will be a good chance.”
Cornish admitted his only concern when the rain started hammering down on Monday, and stewards called horses back in before the sixth race, was that the rest of the day would be cancelled.
But Echuca Racing Club chief executive Leigh Newton said although weekend rain dropped 10mm on the course, and the showers Monday morning had seen the track downgraded to a heavy 10, it was still in good condition.
Newton said he did not think there were any concerns, races were simply set back about 10 minutes.
“We ran trials on it again Tuesday morning – we had 14 scheduled but this was reduced to 12 with scratchings – so another 65 horses went over the track,” Newton said.
“And we copped another real downpour so the last few runs did cut up the grass a bit, but with the warm weather forecast for the end of the week we should be good to go on October 16 for our next meeting,” he said.
“Despite the rain and cool conditions on Monday we also had good numbers in the Pavilion and we were more than happy with the way the whole day turned out.”
Cornish said he was also pleased with the way his new charge had presented on its arrival here.
He said The Veal Thing, which is owned by a New Zealand breeder, who has about 70 horses in work between the two countries, has his eyes set on an autumn campaign for the horse.
“The filly has only had a few starts so won’t be overworked at this stage,” Cornish added.
“She came down in good order, with great fitness and the young girl rode her perfectly to instructions so it was a great start to the day.”