Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

New Faces Head to Casino

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

New Faces Head to Casino

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THERE is a breath of fresh air, for want of a better way of putting it, in two jockeys riding at the Casino non-TAB meeting today.

The fields contain the usual suspects you find at meetings such as this but Wanderson D'Vila and Montanna Sava are two names in the riding ranks that immediately pique the interest of the regular racegoer.

North Queensland-based D'Avila will be having his second ride on the Northern Rivers aboard Tempa Mental in the first race, the Ajest Security Maiden, for Murwillumbah trainer Paul Robbins.

His first was on Fast Gary for Peter Roach at Grafton yesterday and he will ride Golden Cavello for Sally Taylor at Taree on Tuesday.

Caloundra-based apprentice Montanna Sava, who has two rides today, rode once at Ballina some time ago without making her presence felt.

She will be aboard Electric Anna in the Ajest Security Maiden and Wensley Road in the Hotel Cecil Maiden, both for Ipswich trainer Ron Drysdale.

D'Avila and his wife, trainer Sharlee, are based at Atherton and are considering moving to Coffs Harbour.

It is a logical base for the pair given that Sharlee is originally from Macksville.

D'Avila, a natural light weight, came to Australia from Brazil and has also ridden in England and Malaysia.

He went to Brisbane but under the conditions of his visa he also had to ride in a country area so went to North Queensland, met Sharlee and eventually was granted permanent residency.

"Wanderson and I went down to Coffs Harbour a few weeks ago and talked to a lot of people and now he is going to ride down there for a few weeks as a trial," Sharlee said.

"If it looks like it is going to work we will talk seriously about moving down.

"It will be a big step because I have five horses and I will have to talk to the owners."

One of those horses, Gundy Star, has won 10 races with D'Avila riding him in seven of those while they have a two-year-old, Kissaykiss, which ran a close third, on debut, in the $30,000 Pallarenda Two-Year-Old at Townsville in October. Ridden, of course, by D'Avila.

"That is our big two-year-old race up here but apart from that Queensland racing is going nowhere while prizemoney in NSW keeps going up," Sharlee said. …

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