Singapore trainer Sam Chua enjoyed a National Day to remember when Kiwi born, Testa Rossa colt Cavallo (NZ) completed a winning hat-trick for the stable at Kranji on Friday night.

Cavallo (4g Testa Rossa – Indovina by Elusive Quality) is a new addition to the yard after previously being trained by Michael Freedman.  “He came to us in good form and all I did was to just take over and maintain his form,” Chua said.  “I’m still learning about the horse but he’s obviously got ability and I hope we can have more fun with him.”

Ridden by Chua’s apprentice jockey Pregasam Dellorto, the four-year-old mustered speed to settle into a midfield spot on the fence before angling out for a comfortable victory.  “He was always travelling on the bit and is definitely one of the better horses I’ve ridden,” Dellorto said.

“Coming to the corner, he was checked, but luckily he recovered and once I pulled him out for a clear run he quickened very well.  I rode him hands and heels in the last bit as he was hanging in a little towards the end, but he did a good job to win.”

Racing for the Beverly Hill Stable, Cavallo has now won 4 races and placed 6 times in 12 starts since arriving in Singapore.  A (NZ) bred son of Testa Rossa, he is the first foal of an Adelaide winning daughter of G1 mare Zastov (Zabeel).

Cavallo was purchased by Freedman for $130,000 at the NZB 2011 HIT Sale from Lyndhurst Farm.  His dam Indovina has a yearling colt by Westbury sire Postponed.

Friday’s result brought up another milestone for Vinery sire Testa Rossa.  It was his 100th win in Singapore / Malaysia.