Talented mare Savanna Amour is on target for a Flemington appearance on Derby Day.
The Love Conquers All mare is being aimed at the Group 2 Linlithgow Stks (1200m).
Savanna Amour finished 7th in last Saturday’s Group 2 Schillacci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield behind the evergreen sprinter Ball of Muscle.
“I thought it was a pass mark run. She got run off her feat a bit early and got forced back onto the fence,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Grant Morgan.
“She was beaten 4.5 Len but was never really comfortable in behind them. She’s probably a mare better ridden off the fence where she can get into a rhythm and onto the back of something to take her into the race.
“We would love to be able to ride her a bit quieter next start with cover and let her run on.
“She has run very well down the straight at her only two attempts and we think she will be suited going back to Handicap from the less suitable Weight For Age at her first two starts this prep.”
Savanna Amour was ridden by stand in jockey Michael Walker, who was warming the saddle for regular rider Ben Melham who was bound to an Everest commitment aboard Santa Anna Lane at Randwick.
Melham will reunite with Savanna Amour at Flemington on Derby day.