KURT Lew is confident punters will see an improved Jogalong Cav when the gelding resumes from a spell in the Dubbo RSL Motel Three Year Old Pace (1720m) at Dubbo Paceway on Saturday night.
The three-year-old has had just two starts, debuting with a seventh behind Usher in April before finishing last behind So Kool Harry in a heat of the Alabar Breeders Challenge Series.
On paper the form doesn't read well but Lew believes the time the McArdle (USA) x Sunvale gelding has had away from the racing has benefitted him.
"It's his first run back and he has drawn well in barrier one," Lew said of the gelding, which is trained by bis father Mick and part-owned by local builder Mal Cavanagh.
"Both starts last season he drew the back line in strong fields and could never really get into those races.
"We've given him one trial and he went OK and I think if we can hold the front on Saturday night he will run a really good race.
"He's come back a better horse after that spell and I'd be disappointed if he didn't finish in the top three."
Earlier in the year the Lews suffered the devastation of having their handy mare Shez Hanovers Patch (NZ) die during the running of a race at Parkes.
Shez Hanovers Patch was part-owned by Mitch Cavanagh and Lew said it would be good to repay the family friends with a good performance.
"We were all a bit devastated when the mare collapsed and died in that race," Lew said.
"Mitch was in that horse with me and another mate and Mal is in this one so hopefully he can give them some fun.
"Me and the other boys bought a half-share in a half-brother to Jogalong Joel but he is well off racing so Cav will have to carry the flag until that horse is ready to go."
Six races are scheduled for the Dubbo meeting on Saturday night with the first at 6.58pm and the last at 9.29pm.