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Yuill to ride Cavallo Pazzo in Newmarket
Yuill to ride Cavallo Pazzo in Newmarket

Perth Cup-winning rider Kyra Yuill will ride Hannan's Handicap contender Cavallo Pazzo when he resumes in Saturday's $80,000 Belmont Newmarket (1200m) at Belmont Park.

Yuill replaces the five-year-old's regular jockey Peter Knuckey, who received a 16-day suspension for careless riding at Northam last Thursday.

Cavallo Pazzo won over 1400m with 58kg when ridden by Knuckey in May and ran a last-start third for him in the Belmont Sprint (1400m) on June 9.

Trainer Ted Martinovich said yesterday Cavallo Pazzo was thriving in preparation to tackle the $130,000 Hannan's Handicap (1400m) at Kalgoorlie on September 19.

"He benefited from a let-up and he is working well," Martinovich said. "We're keen to have Kyra Yuill on Cavallo Pazzo in Peter's absence.

"The horse travelled well in an Ascot win when Kyra first rode him, last year.

"Cavallo Pazzo is ready to run a top race on Saturday and our thoughts are to give him one or two more Perth starts before the Hannan's."

Yuill said yesterday she was delighted to be given an opportunity to reunite with Cavallo Pazzo.

"He's a nice horse and I was impressed by his win for me," she said. "I'd expect him to go well while fresh on Saturday."

Cavallo Pazzo has drawn favourably at gate four in the Belmont Newmarket and is weighted on the 54kg minimum. Megem's Boy, who won last Saturday week's Beaufine Stakes (1000m) with 54kg, rises to 56kg in the feature and drew barrier five. Beaufine runner-up Latoria has gate seven.

Trainer Neville Parnham, who landed a Belmont double on Saturday, nominated last-start winners Inok, Secret Enigma and Tennessy for support events on the New- market program.

Inok and Secret Enigma are in a 1300m handicap. Tennessy will tackle a 2000m handicap.

Parnham said his class gallopers Playing God and God Has Spoken were pleasing in training for spring-summer campaigns.

"Playing God has done a month's work and God Has Spoken has been in for three weeks," he said.

Trainer Vaughan Sigley said yesterday his WATC Derby and Belmont Guineas winner Rohan was close to resuming work.

Former Melbourne stayer Lopov, ridden by Peter Hall, won a Lark Hill trial yesterday for his new trainer Adam Durrant.

Hall has been cautioned by stewards at an inquiry into his riding in the final 100m of Monday's Port Hedland Cup. Hall's mount Greatwall Of China finished second by a short half-head to Indamani, ridden by Jeff Berry.

·In-form apprentice Ellie Cockram received a 20-day suspension for careless riding at Kalgoorlie.

"He is working well. We're keen to have Kyra Yuill on Cavallo Pazzo in Peter's absence." "Trainer *Ted Martinovich * * *