‘Feisty’ duo claims Scone Country Cup

Winona Costin guides the Brett Cavanough-trained Rhythm Is A Dancer to victory in Scone’s $90,000 Country Cup on Friday.
Photo: Scone Race Club.

There’s nothing wrong with being a little ‘feisty’, and Winona Costin proved that on Friday when guiding the Brett Cavanough-trained Rhythm Is A Dancer to victory in the $90,000 Vinery Stud Country Cup (1400m) at Scone.

The four-year-old can be a bit of a rogue. Still, Costin got the best out of the Scone galloper as the $15 chance hit the line strongly to claim an excellent half-a-length win from the Scott Singleton-trained Russley Crown (Christian Reith, $2.70), while in third and two lengths back was the Matthew Dale-trained Ruban Bleu (Jason Collett, $12). 

“He’s a little bit feisty, but these horses, I really get along with them; we’ve both got the same feistiness to us, so we see eye-to-eye,” Costin said after the win. 

Rhythm Is A Dancer did everything right from gate six, with Costin able to get the run of the race before running away for the victory.  

“He pinged out of the gates and put himself right there, then one came round, and I asked him to come back,” Costin said. 

“He was a little bit keen there, but he came back underneath me eventually and settled really nicely, and I was able to get out at the top of the straight, and he was too strong late.”

The Sir Prancelot gelding out of Native Rhythm was previously trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent, but since being under Cavanough’s care, he has blossomed into an excellent type. 

After winning his maiden at Lismore in September of last year, he won four on the trot before a last-start fifth at Scone, and Cavanough praised Costin for her winning ride in the Scone Country Cup.

“Braith rode him the other day, and I mucked it up; today, I gave Winona the job,” Cavanough said. 

“She wanted to lead; I said you can ride him anywhere you like; she showed her hand early, parked him, and that’s why Gai (Waterhouse) ad them put her on; she is very good.”

Rhythm Is A Dancer hasn’t been the easiest horse to train, and he still has a few issues, but Cavanough can’t deny that he is turning into a magnificent horse, with the four-year-old now boasting a record of 14 starts for five wins and four minor placings. 

“He’s a proper naughty horse; he’s had a few embargos on him, but he’s just so tough, and every time I’ve lifted the bar, he wins,” Cavanough said. 

“He is a crazy horse to do anything with; his trackwork has come really good; his race day manners still have a bit to be desired, but he is a ripping sort, and most of the good sorts win, don’t they.”

The first day of the Scone carnival has proven to be very popular, and with day two on Saturday, Cavanough has some big chances, with Sungblue (Jean Van Overmeire) contesting the Class Three Highway Handicap (1600m), Rising (Aaron Bullock) taking on the Benchmark 72 Handicap (1300m), while the unbeaten Once Again My Girl (Winona Costin) will go around in the Listed Coolmore Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m). 

“We have a couple of live chances tomorrow, but jeez, it’s good to win one at Scone, isn’t it,” Cavanough said. 

“It’s good to win one anywhere.”

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