Trelawney born and raised Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) has returned from injury to upstage a star-studded field in the CF Orr Stakes, providing jockey Luke Currie with his first Group One win in more than a decade.
The Nigel Blackiston-trained mare missed the spring after having a bone chip removed from a knee but her return was worth the wait as she raced to a second Group One triumph at Caulfield on Saturday.
Suavito photo: Darryl Sherer
Suavito enjoyed a nice run from the inside barrier and emerged early in the straight to make her challenge.
She reeled in leader Turn Me Loose passing the 100m and held off Lucky Hussler who stormed home.
An emotional Currie, 34, said the feeling of winning his second Group One after Roman Arch's 2003 Toorak Handicap success was hard to describe.
"It's been a long time between drinks. It means a lot," Currie said.
"It's been harder to win the second one than the first one, I know that. I'm married now, it will mean a lot to my wife and family.
"It was just one of the best feelings. It was a better than my first one."
Currie picked up the ride after Damien Oliver committed to riding Amralah but that horse was later ruled out for the autumn.
Suavito won the Group One Futurity Stakes over the course and distance first-up last February and Blackiston was confident the mare had returned bigger and stronger for her first start since April.
"She took a needle-eye gap at the top of the straight and she's so tough this mare," Blackiston said.
"Her two trials had been excellent so she's in for a good campaign, hopefully."
Blackiston admitted the injury might’ve been a blessing in disguise.
“We’ve come back and won a Group 1 so I’d have to say yes, but it’s always disappointing to miss the spring,” he said.
“She had 10 months off so we had to take her along quietly and slowly build her up.
“It was a very small injury, it was just the time-frame you have to give them off to get over it.”
The team has a big campaign in store for her and that continues in a fortnight when she tries to defend her Futurity Stakes title.
“She loves it here, so I think we should come back and run in the Futurity Stakes,” Blackiston said.
“And then we’ve got to make a decision whether we go up to the 2000m of the Australian Cup or we go to Sydney for the Coolmore or other races around.”
The IDL Racing bred Suavito is owned by a syndicate including Ian Lewis who is currently under treatment for prostate cancer. He wasn't feeling anything other than excitement and, on a day dedicated to "relaxed" racing, nor were any of the owners.
Lewis once worked with Blackiston for year, going back to the days of Shiva’s Revenge. he was connected with Bart Cummings through Weekend Delight, that horse wearing the lime, pink and black stripes that Suavito carried today.
Along for the ride with Lewis in Suavito are clients like John the restaurateur from Morwell via Traralgon, Andy the butcher from Moonee Ponds and assorted mates and dreamers in the great game of racing.
This was the Thorn Park horse Lewis found in New Zealand and leased with an option to buy for $65,000 - which they did after she won a mares race at Cauflield in October 2013.
“”We used the funds she won from that race to buy her and she has now won over $1m,” Lewis said.
Not a bad investment and an even better day at the races. -AAP newswire, racing.com, G1x.com.au