Cavallo can handle big weight, says Martinovich
Cavallo can handle big weight, says Martinovich

Trainer Ted Martinovich is confident smart sprinter Cavallo Pazzo will handle his 59kg impost in his comeback from a throat operation in today's rescheduled running of the $100,000 HG Bolton Sprint (1200m).

The Bolton was transferred from last Saturday's washed-out Belmont meeting after stewards abandoned the program following the first two races.

Martinovich opted to trial Cavallo Pazzo over 950m at Lark Hill last Friday week rather than throw him into the helter skelter of the 1000m of the Listed Beaufine Stakes, won by Pininci, on July 12.

Murdoch Veterinary Hospital surgeons corrected Cavallo Pazzo's palate, after he was heard making gurgling noises, following his seventh to Power Princess in last year's Roma Cup (1200m).

Martinovich has taken a patient approach to the six-year-old's return.

Cavallo Pazzo was closing hard when he finished less than a length behind Antique Belle and Wild Charger at his latest trial.

He beat home Hussy By Choice, who is a $5.50 third favourite with the TAB compared to his generous $26 quote.

Celebrity Belle is the $3.20 favourite ahead of Dominating ($5). Wild Charger is $13.

"He trialled really well, but we decided to turn him out again," Martinovich said.

"We have kept him out because there have not been the races suitable for him.

"He will have three starts this prep, running in the Newmarket and the Goodwood and then go out for Christmas.

"I don't think the weight is a worry to him, but with two-thirds of his rivals on 54kg, that could be a problem.

"I do think he will be very competitive."

- Stewards have switched tomorrow's Pinjarra meeting to Northam after galloping two horses across the grass yesterday.

The West Australian

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