High class mare Savanna Amour put the icing on the cake for Ontrack Thoroughbreds with a stunning win in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes at Caufield.
Ontrack’s all gold silks were carried by Impregnable and Savanna Amour on Saturday and both horses recorded impressive wins.
“It was a great day for Ontrack,” said Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“We aim to produce Saturday city winners and to line up horses in two states and win both races was fantastic.”
Savanna Amour’s win in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes came after the showy mare failed on a heavy track at Sandown.
“We suspected she wouldn’t handle a heavy track but she needed to run as part of her campaign so we rolled the dice. The mare simply didn’t cop the ground that day so we regrouped and put her back on her favourite firm footing.
“The better ground with a good draw and the addition of blinkers contributed to a stunning success and she now has a fantastic record at Caufield of two wins and a third in three starts on the track.
“She has now won a Group Two and two Group Threes and is a very valuable race mare. There are plenty of fillies and mares races for her and we will let the dust settle from Saturday and then plot a way forward for her.”
Trainer John Meagher applies blinkers on Savanna Amour in the Cockram Stakes and it was a move he had been thinking of for a while.
“She is a genuine mare but she can be a bit flighty and the thought was that the blinkers would settle her a little bit and make her focus a bit more in her races.
“It was a good win and she would have been very unlucky had she not got the split when she did because she was travelling beautifully.
“After the Sandown failure, jockey Ben Melham said the mare simply can’t handle wet tracks and to forget about that run but you always have a niggling doubt at the back of your mind.
“She also had a minor virus after Sandown and that caused her to miss the Regal Roller. It wasn’t a major but we don’t like to take any risks with our horses so we scratched her and made sure she was right and then headed back to the races.
“The good thing about Grant and the Ontrack horses is that they are patient and allow us to do what we need to ensure the horses are spot on. They share our focus to ensure the horses welfare always comes first. It wasn’t a serious virus but we wanted to ensure she was 100 per cent recovered,” said John Meagher.
A four-year-old by Queensland stallion Love Conquers All, Savanna Amour was bought out of the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale by Grant Morgan for $100,000.
“She was a stunning yearling and I fell in love with her on type and was determined to have her. It was a lot for a Love Conquers All at the time but she has always looked like a good horse and the ownership group is having a wonderful run with this girl,” said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to the winning connections of Savanna Amour: Dennis and Del Bates, Laraine Blades, FRF Racing (David Fitzpatrick), Haimes Racing, Bob and Gladys Harvey, Rob Hill, Paul Kitching, Bill and Glenys Knobel, Phil and Anne Leonard, Danny Lesjak, Paul McGavin, Dave Moretti, Barry Muller, Mark Ostermeyer, Darren Smeath, Dennis and Colleen Walker, Dale Watts and Peter Hanan.