In form lightweight rider Ronnie Stewart has been booked to partner Group 2 winning filly Savanna Amour for her resuming run at the Gold Coast feature meeting on Saturday 6 May.
Savanna Amour is a last start Group 2 winner of the Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield when ridden by champion Hong Kong rider Joao Moreira.
With Moreira unable to ride at the Gold Coast meeting due to Hong Kong Jockey Club restrictions, Stewart will partner Savanna Amour for the first time for Eagle Farm trainer John Meagher.
Savanna Amour will be accepted in two races on the Gold Coast programme, the Listed Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) and the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m).
The Stewart booking turns back time for both Meagher and Grant Morgan from Ontrack Thoroughbreds.
Morgan managed Stewart as an apprentice under the care of Canberra trainer Bernie Howlett. After being crowned champion Sydney apprentice (2002-2003), Stewart made a successful move to Singapore where he had a strong association with John Meagher.
“Ronnie has been riding very well since he has established himself in Brisbane. The background he has with us all makes it a good fit,” said Ontrack CEO Grant Morgan.
“He is a natural lightweight and is riding plenty of work for the stable and we are pleased to give him a good opportunity on a filly we feel is very smart.”
Savanna Amour is being aimed towards Group 1 assignments at Eagle Farm in the Stradbroke Hcp (1400m) (Saturday 10 June) and the Tatts Tiara (1400m) (Saturday 24 June).