Brown likes rising Rhino in staying feature

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Rising Kalgoorlie galloper Rhino Buster will look to cap a remarkable campaign for trainer Rod Brown with victory in Sunday’s $35,000 Tabtouch Mt Barker Cup (2000m) at Mt Barker Turf Club.

The four-year-old will carry 59kg as top weight in the staying feature race after a terrific preparation which began when Rhino Buster broke his maiden status over 1100m in Esperance in December.

From there the Danehill Express gelding has risen quickly through his grades, winning over both 1400m and 1600m and then running second to Dark Shot over 2000m which shot him into calculations for staying features.

Further wins in Esperance over 1400m and 1600m in February firmed the former David Harrison-trained galloper for the $70,000 Esperance Cup (2000m) earlier this month and he went on to finish second among a quality field.

Rhino Buster came from sixth on the turn to go down by ¾ of a length to On The Ropes in the Esperance Cup.

Brown said his runner was in top order heading into Sunday’s assignment.

“He has been very good this year and done a huge job. He’s pretty versatile and it was a big run the other day so we thought we’d look for a race like this,” he said.

It will Brown’s first-ever runner in the Mt Barker Cup while Daniel Staeck, who has won the race three times, is again engaged to ride him.

Albany jockey Mitchell Pateman has retained the plum ride on Daisy Express who appears a strong winning hope for the in-form Mark Bairstow.

The Mt Barker Cup is set down for 4.50pm with a field of 12 runners to start.

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