SA TROTS Culture King ready to take on the 2024 Norwood Football Club Strathalbyn Pacing Cup

A KEEN fan and participant of Aussie Rules, prominent horseman Paul Cavallaro spent many a “great time” at the Golden Grove Football Club.

A long standing coach with the club, Cavallaro had to quit the position following an horrific race fall at Globe Derby in 2019.

Partnering Culture King in the South Australian Derby, Cavallaro was catapulted 10 metres into the air after the pacer crashed into the fallen Im Sir Blake and Major Exclusive.

Cavallaro sustained a break in his back, shattered nose and three breaks in his wrist along with severe lacerations to his face which required plastic surgery.

Along with spending four-and-a-half years out of the sulky, Cavallaro’s coaching days were over.

“I was a coach at Golden Grove for about eight seasons before the accident,” Cavallaro said. “It was good fun at the club and I also did a few Association games.

“I played a fair bit as a junior, but that was over in Congupna near Shepparton.”

Back to his best – as is Culture King – Cavallaro is hoping to ‘kick a goal’ in tonights Norwood Football Club Strathalbyn Pacing Cup.

To be driven by Ken Rogers, Culture King will be joined by his brother, Artillery, with Cavallaro holding the reins.

The draw has been kinder to Culture King, which will begin from barrier four, while Artillery has to contend with the back line.

“Culture King has drawn ok, but Artillery is on the second row and doesn’t follow a quick one unfortunately,” Cavallaro said.

“Nonetheless, both are going well and will be looking to kick a goal on the night.”

With the pair set to follow the country cups circuit, Cavallaro has earmarked the Kapunda Cup on March 10 the next target.

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