Cavallo lands hat-trick and early Christmas present at Warren

Anthony Cavallo returns after winning the 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap aboard the Brett Thompson-trained Sniper Excels at Warren Jockey Club Photo: Racing Photography.

Anthony Cavallo landed a hat-trick of winners at Warren Jockey Club’s Christmas meeting on Friday. 

In fact-, the travelling hoop rode the final three winners on the seven-race-card, and he kicked off the winning run when guiding the Bob Howe-trained Petain to victory in the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap.

The Mudgee galloper started an $8.50 chance but was a class above his rivals when winning his sixth race at start 61. 

Cavallo then hopped abord the Brett Thompson-trained Sniper Excels in the penultimate event, the 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap. 

The Gulgong runner started a well-supported $2.70 commodity and won well, recording 57.66 seconds for the five-furlong trip. 

Howe and Cavallo combined again in the final race on the program, the 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap, with Byzantium proving too strong for his opposition. 

Despite starting $10, the 50-start veteran sat second early before pulling away for a good win to record victory number six for connections. 

Cavallo said he was confident all three of his winners were big chances on the program.

“I did think I had a few good chances,” Cavallo said. 

“Petain just had to turn up and I knew he would be hard to beat, and he turned up.

“I thought Brett’s would win, because Scone form normally holds up and Byzantium is always a chance in those races, and he drew an alley, and I was quietly confident he would win with that draw.” 

Warren, known fondly is the Randwick of the West by trainers and jockeys alike, played as well as ever according to Cavallo. 

“We all love to ride there, it is one of the best tracks in the country,” Cavallo said.

“They were coming from behind, they were leading, and as I said to a fella after the race, ‘it is one of those tracks where you can win from anywhere’.

“It’s a fair dinkum track and if your horse is good enough; you can win from anywhere.”

Cavallo hinted that there should be more racing at Warren Jockey Club.

“Most tracks are trying to get more meetings these days, and I’m sure that’s the same with Warren, but it all depends on what goes through the TAB,” Cavallo said. 

“I don’t think they don’t have enough events there. At all the barrier starts, they give horses amply time to pozzy (position) up. 

“There is no excuse if you can’t get into a good spot or close to the rail. It’s just a good track.”

Cavallo wasn’t the only hoop to have a good day at Warren, with apprentice jockey, Elissa Meredith, landing a riding double. 

The two-kilogram claimer kicked off her running-double aboard Jamella, when winning the 1200m Maiden Plate for her Master and Dubbo trainer, Clint Lundholm. 

Meredith then helped the Janelle Galea-trained Manadria to a good victory in the 1200m Class One Handicap.

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