Cavallo upstaged his more illustrious rivals with a stunning late charge in the RDA Cup (1200m) in Singapore on Sunday.
The Testa Rossa gelding improved his record to 6 wins in 17 starts with a half-length result over G3 Kranji Sprint winner El Milagro (Red Dazzler).
Cavallo (4g Testa Rossa – Indovina by Elusive Quality) was originally trained by Michael Freedman before joining Sam Chua’s stable earlier this year. “It was a quality field,” Chua said. “He’s a horse that doesn’t like to be in front so I told John (Sundradas) to keep him at the back and then get on the outside.”
Sundradas followed those instructions to the letter and Cavallo settled well off the leading pack before finding an extra gear down the straight. “I just left him alone and he responded very well,” the winning jockey said. “He did it brilliantly.”
Cavallo has now collected the equivalent of AUD 261,365 in prizemoney for the Beverly Hill Stable.
Vinery sire Testa Rossa got him from Indovina, an Adelaide winning daughter of Group 1 mare Zastov (Zabeel). He was a $130,000 purchase from Lyndhurst Farm at the NZB 2011 HIT Sale from. Earlier in the year, he had failed to make a $35,000 reserve at the NZB Select Yearling Sale when offered by Gerry Harvey’s Westbury Stud.
Indovina has a yearling colt by Westbury sire Postponed.