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Brenton Avdulla looks to make the most of good book of Championships rides

In terms of winners, Brenton Avdulla already leads NSW for the season and The Championships are starting to look like his coming-of-age party after he picked up the ride on Terravista in the TJ Smith at Randwick on Saturday.

"It is getting rides like this [one] which I have been working hard to get. I'm now in the mix for these rides like Terravista and I'm grateful [trainer] Joe [Pride] trusted me with him," Avdulla said.

Confident: Brenton Avdulla wins on Libran.
Confident: Brenton Avdulla wins on Libran. Photo: bradleyphotos.com.au

"He is one of the best sprinters in the country and, put it this way, if Ollie hadn't fumbled the whip in the Lightning Stakes, he would have won it and I would be watching this race.

"He has a great record at Randwick winning four times there and his only defeats were in group 1 when he was third in this race last year and in the All Aged Stakes. On his day, he has matched it with the Chautauquas and he beat Exosphere home in the Lightning."

It adds to Avdulla's growing list of million-dollar rides in the next couple of weeks. He will ride lightweight hope Happy Clapper in the Doncaster and has Libran, the Sydney Cup favourite, in the Chairman's Handicap on Saturday. He also has the John Singleton-owned Daisy's Joy in Saturday's Adrian Knox Stakes looking towards the Australian Oaks.

"It could be a good couple of days," Avdulla said. "Happy Clapper has been great in his two weight-for-age runs and drops right down in weight. He showed he loves the Randwick mile winning the Villiers in December and they are going to know he is around at the end. Libran keeps going along the path to the Sydney Cup and Daisy's Joy should show herself to be an Oaks filly."