VERSATILE heavyweight jockey John Allen attempts to land his second country cup of the spring at Avoca on Saturday.
He will ride topweight Xavier in the $15,000 Blue Pyrenees Avoca Cup, 1860m.
Xavier is a relative newcomer to the Ballarat stable of Darren Weir.
He started his career with Bart Cummings before moving to the stable of Robbie Laing.
After having 18 months away from the racetrack, the nine-year-old has had three runs for Weir.
While he has been a long way below his best of late, Xavier boasts seven career wins for almost $350,000.
Allen, who also rides over the jumps, and Weir combined with Hurdy Gurdy Man to take out the Murtoa Cup on October 5.
Xavier has 59kg in the 10-strong field, with Pickme already scratched.
The field also features last-start Gunbower Cup winner Loukoumi for Mornington trainer Rick Harrison and He's Steal, which was third in the same event.
Avoca Shire Turf Club has programmed seven races, with the first event at 1pm.
1-XAVIER John Allen 7 59kg
2-BREDLIGN 1 58kg
3-NICASTRO Jackie Beriman (a0) 10 58kg
4-COMPOUND Eddie Cassar 8 57kg
5-HE'S A STEAL Luke Londregan (a2) 5 56kg
6-LOUKOUMI Roger Booth 2 56kg
7-GET OUT OF TOWN Nikita McLean 6 55kg
8-MISTER COOL Ryan Hurdle (a0) 4 55kg
9-SUNMAKER Jarrod Todd 3 55kg
10-WICKED ENCHANTRESS Jake Bayliss (a2) 1 55kg