Galloper earning his keep

ONE IN A THOUSAND: Griffith horse trainer Gino D’Altorio with prized galloper Sonro. Picture: Andrew PivaSometimes Gino D’Altorio feels like he has won the lottery when he looks at Sonro.
Nanjing Night Net

The Griffith horse trainer has had some handy gallopers overthe years, but Sonro holds a special place in his heart.

The eight-year-old gelding has won more than $130,000 in 50 starts and will jump from barrier one in Saturday’s Griffith Cup (1350m) at Dalton Park.

Griffith horse trainer Gino D’AltorioSonro won the race in 2013, and anoptimistic D’Altorio believes the son of the legendary Lonhrocan do it again.

“I’m really excited to see him go around,” D’Altoriosaid.

“He’s been a very special horse for me. I’vehad him since he was a baby and he’s been really good for me.

“He’s a good horseto trainand handle. He’s one of the best I’ve had.

“When youget a horse like that, it’s like you’ve got a lottery ticket.”

The Griffith Cup will be Sonro’s first race in nearly a year following a lengthy 46-week spell.

D’Altorio started him intwo barrier trials in Narrandera and Wagga the past month to build his fitnessandliked what he saw in both runs.

The handicappers have slugged Sonro with 63kg –6.5kg more than second top weight Smakatus –but D’Altorio has no doubt his prized galloper can handle the burdenwith regular jockey Michael Heagneyin the saddle.

“He (Heagney) knows what to do with him (Sonro),” D’Altorio said.

“He(Sonro) can handle the weight. He’s run with that before.The only disadvantage is that this is his first run for a while.

“He might not be 100 per cent fit, but he can carry the weight no problem.”

D’Altorio is also starting Devious Fella in the Griffith Cup and isn’t prepared to discount the six-year-old gelding’s chances after he finished third in 2014.

“Devious Fella, he’s a handy horse,” D’Altoriosaid.

“If he gets a good run, he can be hard to beat.”

Nine horses will contest the Griffith Cup (4pm), the field also featuring Wayne Carroll’s Casual Zariz and Surzeal from the Wagga stables of Trevor Sutherland.

Six races are on the card for Saturday. Thefirst horses jump at 1.20pm.

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