Apprentice Serg Lisnyy may be a virtual unknown for now, but trainer Stephen Schofield has the utmost confidence in the young rider ahead of Beaveroo’s return to racing at Cessnock on Monday.
Beaveroo will kick off his new campaign in the Patinack Farm Benchmark 70 (1350m) with a view to contesting some upcoming country Cups.
“Serg rides very well and his three kilogram allowance will be a big help,” Schofield said.
“I’m happy with how the horse is going and without sounding too confident I expect him to be right in the finish.
“He hit some wet tracks at the end of last campaign and is better on top of the ground.
“He holds a course record at Cessnock and the track suits him.”
Beaveroo will carry 55 kilograms after Lisnyy’s claim.
It will be the second time the rider has been on board Beaveroo who is the class runner in the race.
Last campaign, they united when Beaveroo finished second at his first start back from a break at Muswellbrook in April.
Restricted to only five runs last preparation, Beaveroo needs to show his trainer something on Monday to push on to some country cup races.
“There are plenty of Cups coming up and even the Goulburn Cup is an option if he keeps performing,” Schofield said.
Beaveroo has been placed at three of his five first-up runs and is a winner at the track and distance.
He hit a purple patch of form last campaign with three consecutive wins and is also a dual Canterbury winner.
“He is the class horse and I’m happy with how he is going coming back into this race,” Schofield said.