Class prevailed when Savanna Amour made a triumphant return to racing in the $125,000 Gold Coast Guineas at the Gold Coast track on Saturday.
The Group 3 win was Savanna Amour’s fourth from only nine career starts and she has recorded three placings for earnings of $375,000.
She was fresh up into the Gold Coast Guineas but at her previous start she captured the Group 2 $200,000 Angus Armansco Stakes at Caufield and had also run third in a Group 3 Kev Hayes Stakes.
“We have had a very high opinion of Savanna Amour for some time and you can make a case for her being unbeaten during her two-year-old campaign,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds CEO Grant Morgan.
“Following the Angus Armansco Stakes win we put her out for a short break to freshen her up for a Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign and the Gold Coast Guineas was the starting point race that we had picked out for her.
“She showed us she was spot on for that with a very impressive jumpout at Doomben the week before the Guineas and she went to the Bundall race in fantastic order. Our confidence levels were boosted when she paraded in magnificent order and the fact she blew out to 16 was a mystery because we were quietly confident.
“Ronnie Stewart rode her a treat and made full use of a perfect gate. She was very determined late and the New Zealand colt that run second is a proven Group One performer, so it was great to see her race right up to her best ratings,” said Grant Morgan.
For trainer John Meagher, the win was another Group success in a long and illustrious career.
John Meagher was a leading trainer in Victoria for many seasons and won the first $1 million Melbourne Cup with What A Nuisance in 1985. At the time, he trained Lloyd Williams’ team and he won virtually the major races while training in Melbourne.
In 1999, John relocated to Singapore and he won 7 Group Ones in Singapore including the Singapore Gold Cup with Kim Angel and three Raffles Cups. He won 575 races in Singapore to go with nearly 3,500 Australia winners.
John moved back to Australia and set up at Eagle Farm several years ago with sons Dan and Chris in the training partnership, but the boys have since returned to train on Singapore once more so John is now supported by son Paul.
“Meagher Racing has always been a family operation and it was fantastic to have Paul here today because he is a hands-on team member who has done so much with Savanna Amour. She can be a filly who gets excited at times but Paul’s a great horseman and he gets on very well with her.
“She is a talented filly and we are thrilled that she just keeps stepping up to the plate when we ask her to take on these Group races. There’s plenty more to come and I’m confident that you will see her at her best next season and beyond,” said John Meagher.
Congratulations to the winning connections of Savanna Amour: Dennis Bates, Laraine Blades, FRF Racing, Haimes Racing, Peter Hanan, 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.