High class mare Savanna Amour proved she’s in the top echelon of Australian sprinters with a superb win in the Group 3 How Now Stakes at Caufield on Saturday.
Carrying topweight of 58 kilos and jumping from the barrier 11, Savanna Amour jumped sharply and after covering a bit of extra ground for the first 200 metres she got to the lead and turned the race into a procession.
After running brilliant sectionals, she kicked clear at the top of the straight and had enough in reserve to win from Legless Veuve and Ravi in a smart 1.09.42.
“This was a super win because she had to be used early to get across from her outside draw and she had to do it into a very strong wind. At the end of the day it takes a very good horse to work extremely hard early and then sprint again over the concluding stages,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“The quality of the win is told when you look at the times Savanna Amour was recording.
“She ran the 1200 metres 0.3 seconds faster than the open sprinters. but she ran two sub 11 second sectionals from the 1000 to the 800 and again from the 800 to the 600. In fact, from the 1000 to the 400 she ran a stunning 32.17 for her 600.
“The final proof as to how good this mare’s win was is shown by the fact that she then was able to run the fastest sectional from the 400 to the 200 in 11.20. That turn of foot quite simply put the race out of the reach of the backmarkers.”
Grant Morgan said the sectionals were clearly superior to the open class sprinters and considering the fact that Brave Smash is supposed to be running in the Everest Sprint, it’s obvious Savanna Amour had the pace to match some of Australia’s best sprinters.
“There’s a case to be made that she is a high-quality sprinting mare because she’s now won three of her last four starts all over 1200 metres and run some pretty spectacular times. Her only defeat in those four races was on an unsuitable heavy track at Sandown.
“I think some pundits failed to realise how good she was winning the Gold Coast Guineas back in May when she ran 1.08.42, including a sparking 33.86 for her last 600.
“She’s now won four of seven starts at 1200 and been placed twice and she’s now shaping a fantastic career record with six wins out of 12 starts and earnings just nudging over $500,000,” said Grant Morgan.
Saturday’s win marked a notable first for Meagher Racing with the stable’s Victorian licence now held by Chris Meagher, son of John Meagher.
That move came about without John Meagher deciding to ease back from his training career and Chris returning from Singapore to take charge of the new Meagher Racing base at Mornington.
“It was only our second runner from the new stable so to win a Group 3 race so quickly was fantastic,” said Chris Meagher.
“She’s been a terrific mare from day one for the stable and there are plenty of suitable targets remaining for her during the rest of the spring carnival in Melbourne. We will just ensure she pulls up well after this latest win and then pick another suitable race, but at first look she seems to have come through the race in terrific fashion,” said Chris Meagher.
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.