Great to catch up with a little bloke of Italian descent who began his career with the late Ray Guy at Rosehill 35 years ago. Five years ago he was still living in Sydney and travelling to the western districts most weeks. In 2016 he moved to Mudgee and is now one of the most in demand jockeys on the western line. He looks back on the reasons for the move.

Anthony explains the origins of the nickname that has followed him around for more than three decades.

“Choco” looks back on the day his father took him to meet Ray Guy in the trainer’s Rosehill office.

He reflects on the wonderful day when Vain Glorious provided him with his first win at Gosford. He expands on Guy’s success rate with unfashionably bred horses.

Anthony speaks of Bryan Guy who has gone on to great success in his own right.

He talks of opportunities to come his way from other Rosehill trainers. He was fortunate to win a race on Potrero for Dr. Geoff Chapman. The horse went on to multiple Gr 1 success.

“Choco” clearly remembers the day he stormed home to win a stakes race at Randwick on a despised outsider.

He tells the amazing story of his Silver Shadow Stakes win 1989. When he arrived at the barrier on his long priced mount he had no idea of the dramatic circumstances that were about to unfold.

Cavallo says he has Glen Boss to thank for a surprise win in the 1996 Golden Fleece on the beautiful Warren track in the far west.

“Choco” reflects on a total of seven years outside of Australia. He talks of his experiences in Asia.

The veteran jockey is happy to talk about the inevitable race falls including one nasty one at Wellington(NSW).

He acknowledges the support of leading trainers Gayna Williams and Kody Nestor. He’s never forgotten Alison Smith’s first city training success. He was thrilled to be a part of it.

Anthony reflects on two TAB Highway wins.

He speaks of his ability to ride at a featherweight. He has no doubt this is the major contributing factor to his longevity.

Great to catch up with a thorough professional who loves his job.

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