Matamata trainer Graham Richardson won’t lack spring options for his Group One performer Strada Cavallo.
He has welcomed the well-performed rising four-year-old back to the stable after a good break and a month of pre-training.
“She really has grown and strengthened - I’m very, very happy with her condition,” Richardson said.
“We’d like to get her going through the grades and then be looking at
the spring and summer cups and a race like the Te Aroha Breeders’
Stakes would suit her as well – it’s all about getting more black type.”
Strada Cavallo has proved her versatility with a stakes success at 1400 metres and a top-class showing over 2400 metres.
The daughter of Alamosa has only won one race - the Listed John Grigg
Stakes – but her quality is reflected by her runner-up finish in the
Gr. 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas, a third in the Gr. 1 New Zealand Oaks
and Group Three placings in the Lowland Stakes and the Desert Gold
Meanwhile, another rising star in the Richardson camp has also begun her spring build-up after a dream two-year-old season.
Volpe Veloce was untroubled to win her autumn debut and her only
other start before a break produced a clear-cut victory in the Listed
Castletown Stakes at Wanganui.
“She’s in pre-training and the plan is for her to have a trial at Te
Teko and then run first-up in the Gold Trail Stakes,” Richardson said.
“She will then go down to the South Island for the three-year-old circuit, the same as Strada Cavallo did earlier this season.”