Suvaljko's Bargain Buys

Byford trainer-reinsman Callan Suvaljkjo recently was looking to increasing the size of his team, and he has no regrets that he purchased experienced campaigners Extreme Prince and Tuas Delight.

He paid just $5000 each for eight-year-old Extreme Prince and seven-year-old Tuas Delight.

“I was looking for some town horses and I spoke to one of the owners of Tuas Delight,” he said. “I used to train some horses for him, and I mentioned to him that if Tuas Delight came up for lease or for sale, I would be interested.

“The next day Gary Hall Snr phoned me and said I could come and pick up Tuas Delight and Extreme Prince. They’re quite handy horses.”

Extreme Prince was favourite at $1.90 at his third start for Suvaljko when he led all the way and won by a head from the Hall-trained Mister Bushido in the 2130m Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Extreme Prince also ran a third for Suvaljko, and at his three runs for his new trainer-reinsman he has earned $11,870. Tuas Delight has had five starts for Suvaljko for a dead-heat for first with Where Ya Bin and a second behind Caruba for stakes of $8126.

Suvaljko has given both Extreme Prince and Tuas Delight to his wife Mandy as Christmas presents. He has always been successful in identifying handy horses, and pacers Franco Novella and Earl of Locksley and trotter Nacokee have been wonderful bargains for him.

“I claimed Franco Novella for about $5000 in New Zealand and outlaid almost another $10,000 to get him to Perth,” he said. Franco Novella had 44 starts for Suvaljko, earning $113,985 from 20 wins and eight placings from 44 starts.

Earl of Locksley cost Suvaljko $15,000 before he went on to race 158 times for him, amassing $251,797 from 22 wins and 45 placings.