SA TROTS Cavallaro hails the King

“I’VE never been so happy to be beaten.”

That was the call from Paul Cavallaro when discussing last Saturday night’s Strathalbyn Pacing Cup at Globe Derby.

Partnering Artillery, Cavallaro finished second in the feature behind Culture King, which was driven to perfection by Ken Rogers.

Not only is Culture King Artillery’s older brother, the pair are trained by Cavallaro.

So although he technically won, Cavallaro ‘pulled the wrong rein’ when selecting which pacer he would drive.

“I’ve never been so happy to be beaten,” Cavallaro said. “I was rapt to see Culture King win the Cup as he deserves one, the poor bugger.

“It’s been well-documented we nearly lost him several years ago and he has been through a lot, but keeps trying his heart out.

“He truly is one of those horses which has earnt every win he gets.”

Leading throughout from barrier four, Culture King scored by two-and-a-half metres, with Sir Lucas four metres away third.

Rating 1:56.5 over 2230 metres, the son of Art Major took his record to 20 wins and 27 placings from 85 starts for earnings of $158,520.

“I couldn’t be happier with both of them,”Cavallaro said. “They have both come through the run really well, so I’ll head to Kapunda with them for the Cup on Sunday.”

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