Striking filly Savanna Amour made a stunning start to her second season when scoring a highly impressive Doomben win.
Savanna Amour was lightly tried at two and was placed at the Sunshine Coast and Eagle Farm in June before breaking her maiden with an emphatic 4.3 length win back at the Sunshine Coast in July.
Trainers John and Chris Meagher sent the filly to spell following that win and she resumed in the Zouki Group QTIS Handicap for three-year-olds at Doomben on the strength of two nice jumpouts.
Ontrack CEO Grant Morgan was impressed with the winning return and announced intentions to lift the bar with Savanna Amour.
“We have always had a very good opinion of this filly and we have targeted the $100,000 Mode Plate at Eagle Farm because it is a listed race restricted to three-year-old fillies and we are always keen to secure black type status for our fillies and mares.
“Savanna Amour has always shown plenty of ability but we elected to give her plenty of time before racing her. She is a filly that needed to develop mentally and the patient approach shown by the Meaghers is now bearing fruit because she makes significant progress each time she races.”
A $100,000 purchase at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale, Savanna Amour is from the five time winning Stravinsky mare Savanna La Mer and was a standout filly, according to Grant Morgan.
“She was a stunning yearling and really sold herself. I shortlist yearlings on type and then check the pedigree and thankfully her page was strong and so I was pretty set on taking her home.”
Trainer John Meagher started his training career in Melbourne and he is likely to return to his home state next year provided Savanna Amour continues to make the progress expected of her.
“She’s a very, very promising filly and if we look after her this spring there are a host of great races for fillies in Melbourne in the late summer and autumn and I have no doubt this filly will be good enough to prove very competitive in them.
“She’s a great filly to do anything with and I’m just grateful that Grant bought her and has allowed us to go along quietly with her because that patient approach has been the key to getting her to race so well,” said John.
Adding merit to Savanna Amour’s win was the time of 1.03.10 for the 1100 metres which smashed Skating on Ice’s class record of 1.03.33 set in 2011 and came close to the course record of 1.02.95 set by the flying sprinter Star of Florida in 2002.
Congratulations to the winning connections of Savanna Amour: Dennis Bates, Laraine Blades, FRF Racing (David Fitzpatrick), Haimes Racing, Rob Harvey, Rob Hill, Paul Kitching, Bill 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.