Akavoroun makes it four wins from four starts

CAULFIELD trainer Ciaron Maher will resist the temptation of racing unbeaten gelding Akavoroun at the lucrative Brisbane winter carnival.

Akavoroun cruises to victory at the Bendigo Jockey Club on Thursday.

Akavoroun cruises to victory at the Bendigo Jockey Club on Thursday.

The four-year-old made it four wins from as many starts with an impressive victory in the Gotta Take Care Aiming for Three In A Row Showcase Handicap (1400m) at Bendigo on Thursday.

Maher, who bred the son of Lacryma Cristi, said Akavoroun’s short-term goal is open class races in Melbourne.

 “I’ve always liked him. He’s still a big baby and you could see today when he hit the front early that he wanted to look around a bit,’’ Maher said.

“When he gets into the better quality races, he’ll be able to get back with better speed on and then hit the line strongly.”

“He was entered for a couple of nice races in Brisbane, but we’ll keep him here and race him through his grades.

“He’s always shown us plenty… he’s taken some time and he’s still a bit raw, but we think he’s got a very bright future.”

Jockey Michelle Payne settled Akavoroun ($1.55) just off leader Get Pronto ($7), who set a good tempo out in front.

Akavoroun cruised up to Get Pronto at the 300m mark and worked to the front.

Digitalism ($8.50) flashed home down the outside to get within a length-and-a-half of Akavoroun, but the winner had plenty in hand.

“He gives you as good a feel as you’ll get from a horse in a race,’’ Payne said.

“When he takes you into the race from the 500m he gives you such a nice feel.

“He’s only going to better with racing. He’s an exciting horse.”

Akavoroun’s victory gave Maher and Payne a winning double.

Earlier in the day, the Maher-trained Barkly Boy broke its maiden status impressively in the Centrebet Maiden Plate (1400m).

Aided by a superb ride from Payne, Barkly Boy ($2.35) won by two lengths from Later Baby ($7), with Revelio ($7.50) a further two-and-a-half lengths away in third.

Leading jockeys Michael Rodd and Ben Melham also celebrated winning doubles at the Bendigo Jockey Club meeting.

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