Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott are following a path with Giovanni Canaletto that has previously earned the stable Group One honours.
The Matamata trainers are hoping to emulate their 2016 efforts with another Irish-bred galloper in Willie Cazals, who came back from serious injury to win the Livamol Classic (2040m).
Like Giovanni Canaletto, he enjoyed a successful European and Hong Kong career before bowing a tendon and a having lengthy period of recovery in New Zealand.
“Willie had all the time off like this chap is having and that worked the oracle so we’re hoping it does again,” Scott said.
“It’s a proven process to get them back to the top level.”
The now retired Willie Cazals was raced by the Hong Kong-based Hermitage Thoroughbreds, who have again entrusted their faith in Wexford Stables to return the six-year-old Giovanni Canaletto to his former glory.
The son of Galileo was a winner from the stable of famed trainer Aidan O’Brien and finished fourth in the Gr.1 English Derby (2400m) and third in the Gr.1 Irish Derby (2400m) before stints in Hong Kong with Tony Cruz and later Paul O’Sullivan.
He failed to win in six starts, but did run third in the 2016 Gr.1 Hong Kong Derby (2000m) behind the New Zealand-bred Werther.
“He’s obviously a very good horse and he would be competitive in our best races for sure,” Scott said.
“He’s still out spelling and I saw him three weeks ago and he’s looking good. We’ll give him every opportunity in the spring, we’re excited about getting him back in the stable.” – NZ Racing Desk.