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There was more black type success for Victorian breeders in Adelaide on Saturday with the Townsings Lane bred Cavaloce (Testa Rossa) winning the $100,000 Listed City of Marion Stakes (1200m).

Trained by Will Clarken, Cavaloce was to face stablemate and race fancy Mio Dio (God’s Own), a gelding bred by Nagambie’s Basinghall Farm, but he was scratched at the very last moment due to a bout of colic.

Cavaloce showed no signs of missing her stablemate though and hit the line full of running under jockey Todd Pannell to record her second stakes success after capturing the Durbridge Stakes in October.

“Cavaloce will likely have her next start at Flemington in the (Group Three) Standish on New Year’s Day … three weeks between runs should work out perfectly for her and then we can think about getting her ready for some races here (Adelaide) during our carnival.”

Now a 6YO mare, Cavaloce appears to have found a new lease of life since switching to Clarken mid year and has produced four wins – two at black type level – a stakes third and a Group fourth from eight starts for the stable.

Cavaloce was bred by Bernie and Jan Mortimer’s Townsings Lane Farm and sold for $56,000 through Supreme Thoroughbreds’ draft at the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale.

“I remember her well … really neat type of filly,” Supreme Thoroughbreds’ Neil Shaw explains.

“We’ve had a lot to do with Bernie and Jan over the years … as a matter of fact, on the strength of that filly, we bought into the dam (Refit) as well.

“Actually, Bernie and Jan’s place at Diggers Rest is one of four Supreme properties and the ‘home’ for our broodmares.

“That’s where Cavaloce’s mum is right now … she has an unraced Foxwedge 2YO which we’ll race ourselves and a lovely foal at foot by Smart Missile.

“She’s had a bit of trouble getting in foal two years in a row, but was covered by Brazen Beau this spring and is currently in foal … fingers crossed!

“We don’t have a yearling full or half relation to Cavaloce, but we’ve got 43 for the Melbourne Premier in February, so we’ll be pretty busy regardless.”

Supreme will also take a small, but select draft of yearlings to the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney in April. This is on behalf of Rob Crabtree’s Dorrington Farm.

Shaw and wife, Sue, set up Supreme Thoroughbreds 10 years ago with Brent and Adrienne Grayling and the 2017 sale is the eighth Premier for the farm.

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