Melbourne Cup winning trainer John Meagher will make a return to his home town with Savanna Amour and Cruising Speed during the upcoming Autumn carnival.
Both horses come out of luckless black type runs last Saturday where the Eagle Farm track was definitely on the soft side working against top of the ground horses.
Falling into that category is our own Cruising Speed who contested the Listed Just Now (1300m).
"Cruising Speed has now failed 3 times on soft going so we will be avoiding wet tracks from hereon," said Ontrack CEO Grant Morgan.
"We narrowly missed out black type target with Cruising Speed this time in when 4th in the Colin McAlpine, but I'm confident its only a matter of time before she gets a stakes race.
"There are a number of options for her down south which will hopefully lead to some black type."
Stablemate Savanna Amour was hampered by a farcical tempo and a wide barrier which saw her cover more ground than the early explorers before being beaten 3.5 lengths behind Eckstein in the Listed Mode Plate.
"We couldnt believe how slow they went. On paper we expected them to run along a bit and give her a chance to slot in. Her run was amazing considering the tempo and the ground she covered to be beaten only 3.5 lengths," said Morgan.
Savanna Amour is likely to target three races in Melbourne commencing with the $250,000 Inglis Dash (1100m) at Flemington on January 28.
She will then move to black type targets in the $150,000 Group 3 Kevin Hayes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 11, before returning to Caulfield for the Group 2 Angus Armanasco (1400m) worth $200,000.
During their Southern campaign, Savanna Amour and Cruising Speed will be stabled at the Mornington stables of Pat Carey, brother in law of trainer John Meagher.
Following their Melbourne campaigns both Savanna Amour and Cruising Speed will refuel before targeting the Brisbane Winter Carnival.