Mornington mare Savanna Amour will remain in work into the summer as trainer Chris Meagher looks to capitalise on her improving form at the end of the spring.
The daughter of Love Conquers All closed impressively from the back of the field to finish third in Saturday’s Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) in what was the best of her four spring runs to date.
While the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) had initially been flagged as an aim for the six-year-old, Meagher confirmed she would remain in Victoria to instead target the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day.
“It was the best she’d looked all campaign and she ran right up to it,” Meagher said.
“We won’t spell her, she’ll have seven to 10 days on the water walker here at Fulmen Park to freshen up and then we’ll bring her back into the stable and have a look at some nice races over the summer.
“The Standish Handicap down the straight at Flemington looks a good option for her and then maybe something like the Australia Stakes in January.”
First Among Equals, who was runner-up to Cool Passion in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes, is also expected to remain in work for feature summer sprints like the Christmas Stakes and Standish Handicap.