SUNDAY: November 24, 2019: WHERE there’s a win, there’s a way to beat retirement!
Resilient veteran Fioravanti continued to do so by scoring at Cowra yesterday, clinching his second victory this season.
The eight-year-old gelding, with Anthony Cavallo aboard and starting at $6, had too much dash for younger rivals and more fancied pair Bee Double Bee ($3.50) and Waldo Waldorf ($2.30 favorite) in the Benchmark 50 Handicap (1100m).
“Fioravanti has been retired more times than John Farnham,” his trainer Jacqueline Greentree quipped today.
“We love him. He was out in the paddock for a couple of weeks and started to fall away a little, so we brought him back into the stable when a young filly in work needed company.
“Fioravanti is a lovely old horse.”
Greentree and her husband Mark bought the son of Excellent Art for $12,000 through an online auction (there were 29 bids, quite a number theirs) three years ago after he had been in a number of stables.
Fioravanti began his career in Victoria in 2015 and won at Benalla at his second start.
Under the Greentree banner, he has won two races – the first at Bathurst in October at $41 (when also ridden by Cavallo) and also notched six minor placings.
Greentree, who began her racing career in Newcastle when apprenticed to former international sprint star Choisir’s trainer Paul Perry, has three other horses in work.
A hobby trainer, she clinched a breakthrough success with Cosmic Deluxe at Gundagai in June.
. Anthony Cavallo helped Hawkesbury trainers put a Cowra double on the board yesterday.
He also rode Gohan ($3.80) to victory in the Class 1 Handicap (950m) for Central Queensland trainer Mick Attard, who now also is training out of Hawkesbury.
Gohan, a four-year-old by Carrara, beat $2 favorite Hez Arrived to give his trainer a breakthrough with his 10th NSW starter.