Galloper pleases Maher

CIARON Maher's galloper Akavoroun will try to keep his unbeaten record intact when he runs in a $30,000 78-benchmark showcase race at Bendigo today.

Akavoroun, the winner of his three starts, might find his way to races in Queensland over the next few weeks if he wins the 1400-metre event.

The lightly-raced four-year-old, the winner of races at the last two Warrnambool carnivals and a restricted race at Caulfield, has pleased Maher since his impressive win at Warrnambool on April 29.

"Akavoroun has done well since his last win at Warrnambool," he said.

"I wanted to run him in a 1400-metre race at Flemington two weeks ago but he got balloted out. I was a bit disappointed he got balloted out but we just kept him ticking along.

"I wanted to take him to Bendigo because it's a big track and I reckon he needs a big roomy track to show his best.

"He's had three starts for three wins and on each occasion he's been impressive."

The former jumps jockey said Akavoroun, a son of Lacryma Cristi, had shown potential since coming into his stables.

"He's always shown us a bit of ability. It's true we've always had a good rap on him. There's still a lot of improvement in him. He's winning his races on pure ability. We have not rushed him at any stage," Maher said.

"We're trying to lift his ratings. We'll have a better idea where we go with him after (this) race."

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