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Drivers Dani Hill and Paul Cavallaro are recovering in Royal Adelaide Hospital following a horrific fall in last Saturday night’s SA BOTRA South Australian Pacing Derby. The incident occurred with approximately 900 metres to run when I’m Sir Blake driven by Dani Hill choked-down and fell, resultantly bringing down Major Exclusive, driven by Darby McGuigan and Culture King, driven by Paul Cavallaro. The Stewards immediately abandoned the race with all remaining runners being pulled up in the back straight. Both Dani and Paul were treated at the scene by medical crews before being transferred in a stable condition to Royal Adelaide Hospital. Darby was extremely fortunate to escape injury. All horses involved in the incident escaped serious injury. Dani has undergone surgery for a fractured tibia while Paul has had surgery for a broken wrist and facial injuries. The industry wishes both Dani and Paul a speedy and full recovery from their injuries and we look forward to seeing them back at the track in the not too distant future. For further information please contact: ROSS NEAL | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (08) 8285 0700 •  rneal@saharness.org.au

After a four-year break, a happy harness racing trainer Paul Cavallaro returned to the winner’s circle at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Talented two-year-old Culture King gave the trainer-driver his first success since coming back into the sport earlier this year. A $5.70 chance, Culture King took advantage of interference to two of his rivals to run out a two metre winner of the Coca Cola Company Two-Year-Old Pace (1800m). Above Average ($1.90 fav) was second with Bubbles And Cheese ($16.90), a metre away third. Cavallaro looked to be heading for his fourth minor placing from as many starts around the home turn as Above Average, the leader, and Bubbles And Cheese, sitting parked, look set to fight out the finish, with the latter gaining a narrow advantage. Suddenly, the front pair locked wheels for a short distance, allowing Culture King to swoop past and grab his first win. “It’s good to get a win with him,” Cavallaro said. “He is owned by the Ready To Run Syndicate which has 12 members, a few of who, are involved in ownership for the first time. “When I made the decision, with my wife Lisa, to come back, we decided it was going to be just for fun, and nowhere near as intense when I was a freelance reinsman. “So, we got a group of friends and purchased Culture King for $50,000 at a Ready To Run sale in Sydney. “It was a lot of money to pay but we felt he was worth the investment. It was never going to be an immediate return on investment. “He is a big horse which we believe won’t come into his own until he reaches three. At the moment, it is about teaching him about racing and any prizemoney is a good pick up. “He hasn’t had a lot of luck in his races, but tonight, it was his turn for some good fortune.” Culture King now has a win, a second and two thirds from just four starts. “I can get him fit on our track at Golden Grove but I don’t have any horses to work him with, so I take him down to Dad’s (Neil Cavallaro) when I need to fast work.” Cavallaro drove almost 1200 winners, including a number of feature events, when involved in harness racing earlier but felt run down and gave the game away in mid-2014 concentrating on his business and also coaching kid’s football. In season 2009/2010, Cavallaro drove 87 winners to finish second to David Harding on the SA Drivers premiership. Prior to Saturday, his last winner was Day Dream Dancer at Globe Derby Park on December 2, 2013. Culture King looks sure to give Cavallaro the chance to add to his tally this year. Graham Fischer

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