Savanna set for Bletchingly run in southern campaign

QUEENSLAND’S first foray into this year’s Melbourne spring carnival will begin with dual Group winner Savanna Amour’s tilt on the Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Already a Group 2 winner of the Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield, the John Meagher-trained Savanna Amour hasn’t been seen since winning the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas in May.

Syndicator Grant Morgan made the call to spell the filly and aim at the Memsie Stakes in September, rather than press on into the Queensland carnival, where he feared the filly would not handle the Eagle Farm track.

“When we picked out the Memsie as her target it was worth $500,000 and then they boosted it to $1 million, so hopefully that can prove fortuitous for us,” Morgan, who runs Ontrack Thoroughbreds, said.

“The Memsie will be her Grand Final and we’re hoping a lot of her rivals won’t be as wound up, given they will have other targets later in the spring.

“She’s been wrapped in cotton wool since her Gold Coast win and I think she has improved physically and mentally.”


Jockey Joao Moreira on Savanna Amour after winning the Armanasco Stakes in February.

Meagher sent Savanna Amour to Victoria last Friday where she is being stabled with Pat Carey.

Golden Slipper-winning rider Ben Melham has been booked for the Bletchingly ride.

Stablemate Cruising Speed earned valuable black type with her placing in Saturday’s Tattersall’s Mile, with Morgan lamenting the weight scale of the race.

“She would have got a couple of kilos off the winner had it been re-handicapped and that would have made the difference,” he said.

“It was still important for her to get that black type placing. She’s from a very good family. Her third dam is Emancipation and we’ve already had a number of studs showing interest in her.”

Cruising Speed is a chance to join Savanna Amour in the south as her campaign continues.


Caulfield next: The filly Savanna Amour is a dual group winner. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography


Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Brisbane Courier Mail


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