VERSATILE heavyweight jockey John Allen attempts to land his second country cup of the spring at Avoca tomorrow.
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.
Starting his career with Bart Cummings, Xavier later joined Robbie Laing. After an 18-month break, the nine-year-old has had three runs for Weir.
Xavier boasts seven career wins for almost $350,000.
Allen and Weir combined with Hurdy Gurdy Man to win 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 A Steal, which was third in the same event.
Avoca Shire Turf Club has programmed seven races, with the first event at 1pm.
1-Xavier (7) 59kg
2-Bredlign (1) 58kg
3-Nicastro (10) 58kg
4-Compound (8) 57kg
5-He’s A Steal (5) 56kg
6-Loukoumi (2) 56kg
7-Get Out Of Town (6) 55kg
8-Mister Cool (4) 55kg
9-Sunmaker (3) 55kg
10-Wicked Enchantress (1) 55kg
MEANWHILE, Barry and Glen James line up Isopach in Sunday’s $50,000 Horsham Cup, 1800m.
Isopach has had two starts for the Ballarat family since being acquired from Patinack Farm, finishing a first-up sixth to Flying Hussler in the Gold Nugget Handicap, 1600m, in Ballarat and a luckless fourth to Hurdy Gurdy Man in the Murtoa Cup, 2050m.
He was dragged back through the field by a tiring horse at Murtoa and did not clear until it was too late.
Weir also has Bec Said No Credit in the Horsham Cup.
Bec Said No Credit won three races in a row at the start of this campaign, including one victory at Caulfield, and is coming off a third at Caulfield.