Day At The Track

Cavallaro created own little slice of history

11:22 PM 22 Nov 2008 NZDT
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Tanya Cavallaro created her own little slice of history last night at Moonee Valley when she combined with Crimson Knight to win the Spring Championship Final. The Bendigo reinswoman became the first driver to win the event more than once when she scored aboard the gutsy Bill Galea-trained entire in the $25,000 event, which was first run in 2003.

Cavallaro was the only Spring Championship-winning reinsperson with a drive in this year's race and she ensured that no other pilot would add their name to the honour roll with an inspired drive aboard the son of Our Sir Vancelot.

The under-rated reinswoman, who will celebrate even harder next Saturday when she marries fellow driver Nic Dyer, said it was great to score another win in the race she also won aboard Our Dream Scene in 2006.

"It was only a couple of years ago that I won it on one of Peter Manning's, so I was quite keen to win it again and it was great to get there," she said.

Cavallaro could not have been more proud of the way Crimson Knight carried her to victory.

Although the five-year-old was urged out of the gate, he was still able to find at the end of the 2100-metre event to score in a driving go to the line.

Favourite Im Mark Antony ($3.50) charged at Crimson Knight ($5.90) over the final 100m, but Crimson Knight kept finding in a 2:02.1 mile rate, which included a 28.9-second final quarter.

On the line he had a half head to spare over Im Mark Antony with the fast-finishing King Of Paradise ($12) only a head away in third spot.

Cavallaro said the win was full of merit as Crimson Knight's rivals had their chance to run him down.

"Because I'd used him up early I was just hoping there'd still be a bit there and turning for home I knew the ones out wider had had better runs so I was waiting for them to get to us, but luckily they didn't," she said.

Brad Bishop

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