BRETT Cavanough admitted he has some work to do to mend the racing manners of Star Boy despite him running a class record in winning the Godolphin Three-Year-Old Maiden (1280m) at Muswellbrook on Friday.
Star Boy, ridden by Singleton’s Aaron Bullock, ran about in the straight yet still won by two lengths from the Paul Perry trained Keeva.
“He has always been a bit of a pig and he obviously has something going on in his head, but we will work it out,” Cavanough said.
“Maybe Aaron has something to suggest.
“At least he settled in the earlier part of the race and we have won a maiden with him so that’s something.”
Bullock described him as a talented horse but hard to ride.
“He has a lot to learn but he will be a good horse when he puts it all together,” he said.
Star Boy, the odds-on favourite on the strength of three previous seconds, ran 1:15.18, a fraction of a second better than a time that had stood since 2011.
Meanwhile, Kris Lees sent one horse to Muswellbrook and, despite having to wait in the heat all day, Let’s Get Nauti Gal won the Olympic Glory @ Arrowfield Class One (1280m) to give Bullock a double.
It was some sort of compensation for him losing the ride on Jonker, in favour of Hugh Bowman, in the Magic Millions Two-Year-Old at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Bullock was full of praise for Lees’ filly after the race.
“That was a great effort considering it was her first start from a spell and she had to come up early and has been here all day,” he said.
“She will be all the better for that run.”
Let’s Get Nauti Gal raced handy all the way before winning by half a length from Thornbro.