The decision to keep Cavaloce in training paid dividends when she overcame a tardy start to win the LR Durbridge Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville.
The Will Clarken-trained mare became the 58th stakes winner for Vinery sire Testa Rossa on Saturday and there’s more black-type on the radar before she’s eventually sent to stud.
Cavaloce (6m Testa Rossa – Refit by Encosta de Lago) was purchased by Bell View Stud earlier this year and they believe she’s racing too well to be retired. “She came from last to win the Durbridge and Will has a plan in place for her this season,” Bell View manager Peter Ward said. “She will stay in Adelaide but could go across for a stakes race in Melbourne.”
Testa Rossa has sired the winners of 18 races and $537,167 in prizemoney this season and, at 20, is still full of beans standing for a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery.
Cavaloce was bred by Townsings Lane Farm owners Bernie & Jan Rodriquez and sold through Supreme Thoroughbreds (as agent) for $56,000 as a foal at the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Sale.
Prior to changing hands again this year, she broke the 1400m record at Morphettville while completing a hat-trick for Kadina-based owner Peter Toole.
Her dam Refit is a half-sister to G1 Oakleigh Plate winner Reactive and she has 2yo filly by Foxwedge and a colt on the ground by Smart Missile.