By Glenn Davis
The Stradbroke dream is still alive for trainer Brett Cavanough despite Fender’s horror barrier in the TAB BRC Sprint at Doomben on Saturday.
Fender was a brilliant winner over local hope Garibaldi in a Class 6 race at Eagle Farm on May 1, and needs to win the Group 3 feature to be assured of a start in the Stradbroke Handicap.
The winner of the BRC Sprint is exempt from a ballot for the $1.5 million Group 1 feature at Eagle Farm on June 12.
Fender - a Michael Cahill mount - drew wide in barrier 14 while Queensland’s best hope Garibaldi will jump from five.
The pair fought out a close finish last start with Fender getting the upper hand with a late finishing rush.
“I’m not worried by the draw as he’ll come into 12,” Cavanough said.
“He sat three deep to win last start and he’s not a one trick pony.
“He’s very adaptable and if this was a Group 1 race you’d be running.”
Cavanough is based at Scone in the NSW Hunter Valley and left his stable by float early Thursday morning for the eight-hour trip.
“He’s been to Brisbane twice and I’ve travelled him up and back each time,” he said.
“I could easily have kept him up there but I’m happy with the track he gets to work on down here.”