SA TROTS -Paul Cavallaro salutes with Buzz Bomb
CRACKING away the remaining ‘ring rust’ earlier this week, Paul Cavallaro hopes to keep the momentum going.
After four-and-a-half years away from the sulky, Cavallaro made the decision to return to the cart a few weeks ago, while harbouring a few nerves.
“There was a bit of rust and nerves to shake off at first, but it didn’t take long to get back into the swing of it,” Cavallaro said.
Third when first-up from a spell, Cavallaro made his triumphant journey to the winners’ circle at his fourth outing thanks to Buzz Bomb’s success at Globe Derby on Monday.
It was Cavallaro’s first winning drive since scoring behind Culture King on January 26, 2019.
Cavallaro’s time away from the sulky was the result of a horrific fall during the South Australia Derby on February 9, 2019.
Partnering Culture King once again, 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.
“I had about eight surgeries all up and took a bit of time to recover,” Cavallaro recalled. “After that I decided to give driving away and I kept away for as long as I could, but I started missing it too much.
“I’ve enjoyed being back out there, and as long as I keep getting some joy from it, I’ll keep going around.”
Set to return to Globe Derby on Saturday night, Cavallaro has three drives, with Culture King among them.
“I’ve got him and his brother Artillery in the same race, so Ryan (Hryhorec) will drive Artillery,” Cavallaro said. “Artillery is the better chance, but old Culture King can still get the job done with the right run.
“I’m also driving Buzz Bomb in The Lordship and he’s not without his hope even from six, which is a terrible draw.
“He’s a free-legged pacer and can go alright, but has plenty to learn. What he is doing so far is a bonus as I reckon he is more of a three-year-old in the making.”
Cavallaro’s final drive is Sunshineanrainbows in the South Australia Oaks.
By Sweet Lou, the filly is from 2007 Oaks winner, Saved A Corka.
“It’d be nice if she can join her dam on the honour roll,” Cavallaro said. “The inside of the second row has made it tough and she will be relying on a lot of luck.”
Story: HRSA Media
Photo: Walter Bulyga