Ryan and Cavallo possibly onto a good one after Randwick win

Main: Anthony ‘Choc’ Cavallo after his win on the Andrew Ryan-trained Possibly So at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Inset: Andrew Ryan (left) with Possibly So after Saturday’s win. Images – Bradley Photos.

Two gentlemen in the sport of racing, Andrew Ryan and Tony ‘Choc’ Cavallo, were rewarded with a good win at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

The pair were in the spotlight after the well-named Possibly So ($37) finished strongly to defeat Two Aye (Reece Jones, $11) and Magic Pharoah (Tom Sherry, $5.50) in an exciting 1600m Class Three Highway Handicap.

A four-time winner, the Bathurst galloper has never been far away in 19 starts, and Ryan believes the secret to his five-year-old’s win was a gear change.

“It’s wonderful and a great thrill; we’ve been trying for a while,’’ Ryan said after the race.

“I think the big turnaround has been taking the blinkers off him. Normally, you whack blinkers on them and it focuses them, but he seems to switch on a bit more without them.”

While ‘on his day, he’s a good galloper’, Ryan explained that Cavallo was instrumental in getting the Star Witness gelding to the track, let alone winning in Sydney. 

“We wouldn’t have the horse in work if it weren’t for Tony,” Ryan said. 

“He is a very hard horse to work, and Tony does a magic job on him.

“You won’t get much better, and he’s a gentleman of a fella, and it’s wonderful to win with him on.”

Possibly So finished down the track to Magic Pharoah at his previous start in a Highway on December 23, and Cavallo believes the gelding stripped fitter for the run.

“They kept opening up a bit, but then I had to push out, and he’s a big horse, and the other day, he just wouldn’t do that,” Cavallo said. 

“Whether it was two weeks between races and being a lot fitter might have helped, and he pushed through no problem.”

Funnily enough, Cavallo, who doesn’t trek to Sydney too often these days, was happy to give up the ride, but Ryan stuck by the well-travelled hoop.

“He’s a difficult horse to ride, and I won’t take all the credit. Andy is good with him,” Cavallo said. 

“I actually said to him, ‘Why don’t you try a city jockey on him and see how you go?’ but he stuck with me and said, ‘No, you’re right’.

“We took the blinkers off; he’s won a couple of times without them, and we put them on, and he got a bit stagnant, and Andy said, ‘let’s take them off’.

“He went through the videos and everything and had a crack like that, and he was right.”

With Possibly So now out of Highway grade, Ryan will have to decide whether he should look to bring his gelding back in distance for the 2024 Country Championships or start to consider Country Cups and Big Dance qualifiers.

Either way, connections are in for some fun.