Paul Cavallaro admitted his relief after finally recording a win with Wrangler, who took out the Victor Harbor Cup on Easter Sunday.
Wrangler had made 14 starts since making his debut last year but failed to register a win. He picked up five seconds and three thirds but could not find his way to the winners’ enclosure.
That all changed when Wrangler captured the provincial feature race on Sunday and Cavallaro was delighted to finally break the maiden.
“I’m relieved to finally get a win with him,” the South Australian horseman said. “He’s worked a treat every day since he got here, even trialled in track record time, but couldn’t win a race!
“He’s had no luck in the races here, so to see him get up, and in record time is a relief. There was never a doubt about his ability to win here, even string a few together, but he just hasn’t had the luck.”
Greg Rogers was in the sulky for the victory as they overcame a 10-metre mark to beat Motu Premier by two-and-a-half
metres. Stratofortress came in third.
Cavallaro now has to decide where to head to next and has options.
“I was a little wary of him going away from the stand, but Greg got him going well,” Cavallaro added. “After that it was just a matter of getting a decent run, which finally came his way.
“I will see how he pulls up in the next couple of days to decide whether he goes around again next week in the Kapunda Cup or I just go straight into the South Australia Cup in a fortnight.”