James Cummings has Group One ambitions for
three-year-old filly Savvan (Savabeel x Ruud Van Slaats) after she beat the older horses at Canterbury on
Wednesday in the Ranvet Benchmark 67 Handicap (1550m).
The $350,000 graduate of Trelawney Stud's 2015 NZB draft was sent out the
$3.70 favourite and enjoyed a handy trail for Jason Collett before taking
control rounding the turn and holding off a strong challenge from Jason Coyle's
Speed Hero ($5), scoring by a half-head.
"She's built like a colt,"
Cummings said. "She's got plenty of substance about her.
"She can do well up north if we get
her there in good form."
Cummings is looking at the Listed Gold
Coast Bracelet (1800m) on May 6 as a stepping stone to Savvan's winter grand
final, Cummings already putting a plan in motion to ensure she gets there.
"She'll be nominated for the
Queensland Oaks when the time comes," Cummings said.
"She pulls hard. She's a very willing
horse. Very giving and a with bit of racing and a bit of work she'll come back
"She's going the right way."
The first pair Savvan and Speed Hero
cleared out from the John Sargent-trained third-placegetter Sahara Eagle ($4)
which was beaten 3-1/2 lengths.
The A$500,000 Queensland Oaks (2400m) is
scheduled for Eagle Farm on June 3.
Savvan runs in the familiar colours of Dato Tan Chin Nam's Think Big Stud, who own the filly in partnership with Kia Ora Stud and Westcode Pty Ltd.
With two wins and four placings from seven starts she has already won over A$80,000 in prizemoney and was Group Three placed in the spring..
Savvan is a half-sister to stakes-placed Smashing from Group Two winner Ruud Van Slaats and comes from the family of Group One winning filly Ruud Awakening.