Stablemates thriving for major missions

Il Cavallo winning over 1000 metres at Flemington last July when trained by Peter Moody. (Photo: Bruno Cannatelli/NZ Racing Desk).

Il Cavallo winning over 1000 metres at Flemington last July when trained by Peter Moody. (Photo: Bruno Cannatelli/NZ Racing Desk).

Il Cavallo and Kisses are on track to give her trainers a couple of exciting weekends of racing.

The pair were taken over from Cambridge to participate in the Breakfast Gallop session at Te Rapa this morning and co-trainer Mark Fraser-Campin was delighted with the outcome.

“It suited us,” said Fraser-Campin. “It was a chance to get them off their own track and have a good hit-out. The track was absolutely beautiful and I’m really happy with the way both of them worked.”

Il Cavallo, bought to stand at Chequers Stud next season, will be chasing Group Three success at Ellerslie on Saturday in the Stella Artois Concorde Handicap, while Kisses will line up a week later at Te Rapa in the Gr. 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes.

Il Cavallo has had three previous public appearances in New Zealand since arriving from Australia, where he was trained in Melbourne by Peter Moody to win five sprints and be twice stakes-placed.

“He wanders around like an old hack, but when he gets on the racetrack he can really go,” said Fraser-Campin.

Il Cavallo’s first public appearance since joining the stable of Fraser-Campin and his brother, Chris Campin, was when winning at the Te Aroha trials. And on the strength of that performance he was taken to the New Zealand Cup meeting and was beaten a mere half-head by Red Dirt Girl in the Listed Yesberg Insurance Pegasus Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton on November 7.

“I thought going to Riccarton he was 80 percent and was using it more as a trial and he nearly pulled it off,” said Fraser- Campin. “They ran 56.5 seconds for the 1000 and the last 600 in 32.5 so we weren’t far off the mark.

“He blew hard after the Riccarton race but put the weight back on by the time he got home so we gave him a trial at Te Teko last week. He’s needed it.”

Il Cavallo won the 1200-metre Te Teko trial by a neck from the promising three-year-old Get That Jive and did everything asked of him today.

“We’ve been trying to get Il Cavallo to relax so Trudy sat off Kisses with him then let him go and he ranged up and put a length on her then she came back,” said Campin.

“Il Cavallo is 10 per cent brighter than he was when he went to Riccarton and I expect him to be hard to beat on Saturday. The race should top him off for the Railway. That’s his main aim.”

Kisses was unbeaten in her first two starts this campaign, scoring at Ruakaka then at Hawera in the Gr. 3 Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeders Stakes, but things haven’t gone her way in her two subsequent runs.

She blew the start when sixth in the Gr. 1 Windsor Park Stud Plate at Trentham then wasn’t suited by the Dead6 track when seventh to Soriano in the Gr. 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Avondale last Saturday week.

“She was a bit big last run, but the track wasn’t as firm as she likes it,” said Fraser- Campin. “She was still only beaten two lengths from second.”