New Zealand raider joins O’Brien stable

One of New Zealand’s exciting talents, Our Cannavaro has transferred to the Flemington stable of Danny O’Brien for his spring campaign.

The winner of two of his four starts in his autumn campaign, including a demolition of the Winning Edge Championship Stakes (1600m) at Tauranga at his last start on April 18, Our Cannavaro has shown an explosive turn of foot and a massive stride that suggests he will appreciate further ground.

The four-year-old gelding has won three of his six career starts (all at 1600m) and has never finished further back than fifth in his career.

“Our aim is to qualify him for the Caulfield Cup,” O’Brien said.

“We are excited about his coming preparation as he is a lovely type with plenty of scope and his last win was very impressive.”

The horse is lightly raced after being injury-plagued early in his career.

"He's had one problem after another in his racing career, but always looked promising." former trainer Andrew Scott said his April 18 win.

"Last season we thought he was a real Derby hope after he had won his first start so well, but then he struck an ankle problem which put him out of action for the rest of the season.

"This season he got cast in his box back in September and was out for a while also," Scott said.

Our Cannavaro arrived at our O’Brien’s Flemington stables in May and has been pre-training for the past month.

“We are looking forward to getting him into full work in the next few weeks as we get him ready for his big spring campaign,” O’Brien said.

Story by Phillip Quay of One Sport (NZ) & Go Racing NZ

Photo appears courtesy of Go Racing NZ

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