Talented Savabeel mare Cruising Speed returned to winning form with a slick win at Doomben on Saturday.
The John Meagher-trained mare overcame an outside barrier draw to score a narrow win at her second start in a new preparation.
Ridden by Brisbane’s champion jockey Jeff Lloyd for the first time, Cruising Speed jumped from the second outside gate and had to work for the first 300 metres before gaining the lead. She went clear on the turn and held out a late challenge to win by a short half head.
“It was a win with plenty of merit because she worked hard to get over from the wide draw and she went quickly when Jeff asked her to lengthen stride at the point of the turn.
“She ran the fastest final 600 metres of any race on the card and it was not a surprise that she was tiring the last little bit because she had done a fair bit of work and is still at the stage of her preparation where she has room for improvement fitness-wise.
“She is a decent mare and the Ontrack Thoroughbreds team has been great with her and have allowed me to give her plenty of time to mature and grow up without putting undue pressure on her as a young horse and that’s going to pay dividends in the months ahead,” said John Meagher.
Purchased out of the 2014 Karaka Premier Sale by Grant Morgan of Ontrack Thoroughbreds, Cruising Speed is a true product of Waikato Stud, Matamata. She is by their champion stallion Savabeel out of a mare by O’Reilly who also stood at the stud.
Cruising Speed has raced 14 times for five wins and three minor placings for earnings of $122,100.
Rider Jeff Lloyd was impressed with Cruising Speed’s effort and predicted a bright future ahead for the mare.
“She is a lovely mare and showed a great turn of foot today. I know she was being challenged late in the piece but that’s probably my fault because when I asked her to lengthen stride at the turn she went a lot quicker than I had anticipated and that left her vulnerable the last little bit.
“Her turn of foot took me a bit by surprise and now that I’ve had a sit on her I would be a bit more conservative when asking her to quicken. I think she has a lot more success in store for her,” said Jeff.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan said the Savabeel-O’Reilly cross was a strong factor in the selection of Cruising Speed as a yearling.
“The cross with Savabeel and O’Reilly is an amazing success story of Australasian breeding and it is something like a 20% strike rate winning black type races. The fillies and mares bred on this cross have been very good.
“Cruising Speed is capable of succeeding at black type level and she has a magic pedigree as her third dam is the champion mare of her generation Emancipation. We will work our way through the grades with Cruising Speed but we are confident there is a nice race waiting for her in the future,” said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to our winning owners: Ontrack Thoroughbreds Vanilla Sky Syndicate, Judy Coleman, Let It Ride Syndicate, Jenny Pixley, Marilyn and Bernie Searles, Bernie Warnick, Woongarra Syndicate, Judy Bandidt, Dominic Bassi, Prof James Dale, Brett Grogan, Trish and Gordon Henry, Haimes Racing Syndicate.