The respected breeder, owner and trainer has had an outstanding year at Ipswich: Rumble Ranger was a spectacular winner of the Group 3 Vince Curry Memorial Maiden Series before Rumble Ranger’s brother - Louis Rumble – was a dominant winner of the Ipswich Young Guns Final, backing up his pre-race favouritism with a strong performance.
And, the team added the Group 2 Ipswich Gold Cup on Thursday night – ending Louis Rumble’s run of bad luck in Group or feature races that have plagued him over the last 12 months, getting home in a sharp 30.29 seconds.
“It was very pleasing, he has become super consistent and always does his best – win, lose or draw,” Kavanagh said.
“The Group races he has been in, they have been all over the country.
“In Sydney he got beaten by a better dog in the Final – but went sensational in the heat – and was beaten very narrowly in the Grafton Cup Final, from an inappropriate box at the time.
“It is just the way the racing goes.”
Venturing north from his Pottsville kennel on Thursday afternoon towards Ipswich for the races, Kavanagh was almost certain the trip was going to be a waste of time with the rain that heavy he was sure the races would be called off.
With a heavier track than usual at Ipswich, the experienced dog man had some concerns around the way his sprinter would handle the conditions but was happy with the way he began the $75,000 to the winner Final and he never looked like being headed again.
“It was very pleasing the way he got to the line, considering it was a heavy track,” Kavanagh said.
“That was a question mark in the early piece because his main asset is his early speed.
“Early in the night I was panicking, after three races it looked pretty savage.
“When we drove up over the border on the highway, you could not see far in front of you while you were driving, I thought the races would be off for sure.
“It got better when we got on the Logan motorway.
“But, credit to everyone that works at the track, they did a terrific job to get the track up and going after the rain.”
There was no Ipswich celebrations for the veteran trainer, straight back on the road to Pottsville on Thursday night to tend to his dogs the next morning.
Spotted Elk and Lily Monelli filled the minor placings in the Ipswich Final, both putting in gallant efforts.
Also across the 12-event program on Thursday night from Ipswich, leading trainers Tony Brett and Tom Tzouvelis both collect winning doubles.
One of Tzouvelis’ winners, Mitchell Street, maintained his sparkling unbeaten record at Ipswich with the victory, now having gone around at the track on 12 different occasions for 12 wins.