Talented mare Cruising Speed made a stunning return to racing with a decisive win at Eagle Farm.
Fresh up after a three month break, Cruising Speed took her career record to four wins from only seven races when she won the Moet and Chandon Club Handicap in the hands of James Orman.
The win continued Ontrack Thoroughbred’s great run of success as Girl Sunday saluted for the all gold colours on Melbourne Cup Day and then Savanna Amour returned with a comprehensive win at Doomben last weekend.
“It’s very satisfying to win races anywhere but we aim to buy city horses, so to win successive races at Randwick, Doomben and Eagle Farm is what we strive to do.
“it was a good win today and Ontrack would like to congratulate John and Chris Meagher on a great training effort to have her ready to win at 1300 metres first up. The stable is flying and it vindicates the faith we have placed in the stable.
“Cruising Speed is a lovely mare and I have always wanted to buy a nice Savabeel horse and what appealed to me was that she is out of an O’Reilly mare and that cross has an unbelievable strike rate when it comes to winning stakes and listed races.
“This mare can go to that stakes level and that’s where we plan to head with her. She is very progressive and has a pretty fair turn of foot for a Savabeel which can probably be attributed to her third dam being the brilliant racemare Emancipation.”
John Meagher believes Cruising Speed has untapped potential and is confident she will handle a step up in distance.
“She’s a lovely mare and we have no doubt that she is going to get at least 1600 metres and feel that there is a good race in her.
“She won two races very impressively and then failed on the Eagle Farm track and the only possible explanation for that miss was getting caught down on the inner. Today with the rail out so far we were confident she would be very hard to beat.
“She had a short break after that failure and has come back a better mare so it’s onwards and upwards.
“We are so grateful to have these nice Ontrack horses and there is no doubt that Grant has a great eye when it comes to picking out a young horses. There’s an art to that and it’s great to have such nice horses to work with and owners who are prepared to be patient,” said John Meagher who enjoyed a winning Doomben double along with sons Chris and Paul.
Congratulations to Cruising Speed’s owners Judy Coleman, Stephen Hurford, Lynne Smith, Ken Gordon, Rose Rovelli, Karl Vanderberg, The Let It Ride Syndicate, Jenny Pixley, Marilyn Searles, Bernie Warnick, Woongarra, Judy Bandidt, Dom Bassi, Professor Jim Dale, Brett Grogan, Gordon Henry and Haimes Racing.