Target; Our White Knight is chasing another shot at the famed Kilmore Cup on October 28. Photo by Corey Pearce.
Talented horseman Brett Cargill is bracing himself for a busy season ahead.
Cargill left Queensland at the end of the previous season armed with his two smart performers in Our White Knight and Jack In Flight, and decided that Victoria was his new base. Again.
The New Zealand born conditioner is no stranger to Victoria after spending lengthy periods working for legendary horseman Graeme Lang dating back to the mid-nineties.
Lang was preparing at crack team at the time headed up by the likes of Desperate Comment and Wagon Apollo when Cargill was fine-tuning his craft under the master mentor.
Cargill has spent the best part of a decade back in Brisbane assisting Darrel Graham while working his own select stable but the travel bug has bitten Cargill again.
“I’ve got two very handy horses in Our White Knight and Jack In Flight and both look really well placed in Victoria chasing the Country Cups circuit over the spring/summer period so I had to make a decision.” Cargill explained.
Our White Knight and Jack In Flight are half brothers, both bred by Cargill and both have proved to be multiple feature race winners to date with the promise of plenty more to come.
Jack In Flight, left Queensland boasting excellent form credentials following his brilliant Winter Carnival campaign which netted him the $40,000 Redcliffe Cup, the $30,000 Redcliffe Patrons Purse plus a nose second to Terrorway in the Gr.3 $45,000 4 & 5yo Championship at Albion Park while Our White Knight hasn’t raced since the Redcliffe Cup when he finished near the rear after a tough run.
Both pacers returned to the trial track last night (Monday) at TABCORP Park, Melton in preparation for their up-coming campaigns that will be very similar.
“They weren’t expected to do anything exciting and both performed at the level I expected, I have given them a fairly easy time since I arrived here a few weeks ago.
Jack went in a mobile trial and just followed them around before zipping up the straight while Our White Knight got mixed up at the start in a stand trial but still performed really well once he got himself back together.
They will both trial again next Monday night and that trial will be a little more serious.”
Cargill is setting his double act for the $30,000 Nyah Cup on the opening night of the new Swan Hill track on October 20 followed by theGr.2 $70,000 Kilmore Cup eight days later.
“That’s the plan at this stage, they’re both likely to have a run or two leading into those Cup races.
We’re in the deep end now and easy races don’t come along all that often at this level but we’ve got to start somewhere.
Winning the Kilmore Cup would be a massive achievement and something that I would consider very special given the history that surrounds this great event.”
Our White Knight finished a dead heat runner-up last year in the Kilmore Cup behind Bitobliss.