Ontrack Thoroughbreds talented race mare Cruising Speed earned valuable black type form with a close second in the listed $100,000 Tattersalls Mile at Doomben on Saturday.
Cruising Speed was grabbed in the last couple of bounds by Crack Me Up after being given a perfect run by Bridget Grylls who was having her first ride on the Savabeel mare.
Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan said while it would have been nice to win, the black type placing was a great result for the ownership group in Cruising Speed.
“She is an extremely well-bred mare being a daughter of Savabeel and directly descended from champion race mare Emancipation and black type form is vital for mares of her pedigree.
“There’s already been some interest in Cruising Speed from major Australian studs and having black type simply enhances her residual value once the end of her racing career arrives.”
Cruising Speed had two previous runs in listed races, but unfortunately both these were on the ill-fated Eagle Farm track. She ran fourth and seventh on an unsuitable track for both runs.
Meanwhile, Ontrack’s star filly Savanna Amour is in Victoria in preparation for a return to racing this Saturday in the $200,000 Bletchingly Stakes at Caufield.
“Savanna Amour flew to Melbourne in the early hours of Friday morning and she has settled in nicely at Pat Carey’s Mornington stables.
“The Bletchingly is the first of three races we have pencilled in for Savanna Amour with her grand final being the $1 million Group One Memsie Stakes at Caufield on September 2.
“She won the Group 2 Angus Armanasco at Caufield in the autumn and will need to go to a new level in this preparation but by the look of her, she has improved both physically and mentally so we are looking forward to a good campaign in the weeks ahead,” said Grant Morgan.
Ben Melham, who rode Savanna Amour to a third placing behind Fuhryk In the Group 3 Kev Hayes Stakes in March, will ride her this Saturday.