Reset is still rebounding off Pinker Pinker’s Cox Plate and he can grab another Group 1 when Avienus runs in the $500,000 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot this Saturday.
Both mares are from Cranbourne and Avienus will push on to the Kingston Town after being ridden upside-down last time. She led the Railway when the plan was to come from off the speed.
Trainer Mark Webb has engaged new jockey Brad Rawiller. “She has pulled up fine from the Railway,” he said on Sunday. “We will settle her back in the field and run home in the Kingston Town.”
Avienus (6m Reset – Genova by Darshaan) has won up to G2 level in the 2010 Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley. She was also a game runner-up to Descarado in the G1 Caulfield Stakes last month.
Avienus was bred by Darley and was passed-in for $28,000 at the 2007 Melbourne Premier. She is from a winning half-sister to international stayer Mamool (In the Wings).
Meanwhile, Reset’s Kiwi mare Cassini chimed in with a massive upset in the LR Wanganui Cup on Saturday.
Cassini (6m Reset – Mathematical by Honor Grades) enjoyed an economical trip and survived a wall of horses to win by half a length. The Mark Oulaghan trained mare had failed in the G3 Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes and G2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile but enjoyed the step up in distance to 2040 metres.
Bred by Doug Dean, Cassini was purchased by Gail Drought from Lyndhurst Farm at NZ Bloodstock’s 2007 Karaka Premier Sale for $120,000. She has earned over $155,000 in stakes.
Reset is a Darley resident and has now sired 15 stakes winners with 9 of them arriving in the last twelve months.