Kalavedo fit and ready
Rod Brown is excited to have Kalavedo back in action tomorrow and is not backing away from his first up clash against the high-flying Corvara in the J R Turner Cabinets Handicap (1300m) at Kalgoorlie.
Brown is upbeat Kalavedo has the fitness from three barrier trials to offer strong resistance to Corvara, who is attempting to stretch her unblemished record to four wins this year.
Kalavedo gave champion jockey William Pike one of his best day’s in the saddle at Kalgoorlie last September, when he brought up Pike’s sixth win in the last race on Hannan’s Handicap day.
Pike’s previous best effort was riding five winners three times at a single meeting at Belmont Park.
Pike’s trump card of the day was his narrow win on Socially Unique – giving husband and wife co-trainers Grant and Alana Williams their first feature race in the Hannan’s Handicap.
Brown enjoyed similar success 29 years ago when he trained four winners – Smart Jenny, Smart Cove, Tibetan and Warrior Star and a second from five starters at Esperance on December 31, 1988. (It was a six-race card)
Brown is hoping for a clean slate with his only runner Kalavedo, who is owned by his wife Teresa, tomorrow.
“We felt the pressure that day with William (Pike) coming up for his sixth winner on our horse,” Brown said. “I remember we had four winners and a second from five runners at Esperance back in the old days.
“We nearly trained the card and it was a really great day for us.
“My bloke is going all right and I give him a good chance to beat Corvara.
“But Corvara is going into the race fit and good winning form.”
Brown has ensured Kalavedo is as fit as possible for his first up assignment with three barrier trials.
He won all three of his heats over 370m (twice) and 1100m at Kalgoorlie.
The five-year-old wore his race-day blinkers when he strode to a comfortable 2 ½ length win over 1100m on May 28.
Kalavedo beat his younger sister Shazzavedo in the 370m heats. The Brown’s bought the daughter of Azevedo-Avanti Rossa from the 2015 Tasmanian yearling sale.
The in-form jockey Daniel Staeck rode Kalavedo in his three trials, but he has stuck to the nominal race favourite Corvara, who he rode to her last start win over 1200m here on May 21.
Kalavedo gets top Perth jockey Peter Knuckey to ride.
“Daniel selected Corvara because she is fitter and that is all right,” Brown said. “It has been dry up here and the dirt track has been a bit firm.
“That is why I decided to use the grass and pay up for him to trial.
“Because he only ran over 370m I didn’t worry about putting the blinkers on him at his two earlier trials.
“He was one of those horses who did a lot wrong early and the blinkers make him concentrate much better.
“He is coming back from an injury, but I am very happy with him.
“We had him set to race in Perth, but we had to scratch him late when he tipped up in the float about three hours out from Belmont.
“He had a good six months off to get over his injuries.”
Kalavedo, has drawn eight in a field of 14, goes well fresh with a first up strike-rate of three starts for a win and a third. Corvara has drawn in gate five.
Knuckey is one of four leading Perth riders to descend Kalgoorlie for the first time this year.
Knuckey has a full book of seven rides and so does Troy Turner, with Brad Parnham and Ryan Hill having six rides.
Parnham’s racing manager Adam McGath said his rider was making the trip to Kalgoorlie specifically to ride for Loloma Farms Pty Ltd.
“Brad rides for the stable and he was asked to go up to ride their three horses,” McGrath said. “All three horses have good winning chances.”
Parnham, who is equal second with Jarrad Noske and Aaron Mitchell on 38 city wins to Pike (91), rides Decoy Noxious (Race 1), Slick Mover (Race 3), Queenie O’Lara (R6) for Loloma Farms.
All three horses are prepared by in-form trainer Craig Wright.
Parnham also looks to have a good ride on Born Star (R1), for his father Neville, and has pick up rides on Casino Belle (R5) and President Grover (R7).