Brenton Avdulla rides Savapinski to victory at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Gai Waterhouse and her training partner Adrian Bott on Saturday completed a rare spring feat of preparing a black type winner on each of the four days at Flemington after lightly-raced mare Savapinski ran clear for a commanding win in the group 2 Matriarch Stakes.
At just her seventh run and on her first preparation, Savapinski took the race by almost three lengths, indicating that the four-year-old Savabeel mare will be back in Melbourne in 12 months with loftier goals.
‘’It’s fantastic,’’ Waterhouse said. ‘’They’ve said we’ve won the trainers’ award for having the most amount of winners, that’s something I’ve never done before. It’s a big thrill.
‘’She’s a mare on the rise and I targeted this race for a while, I thought she’d be very hard to beat. I knew if Brenton (jockey Brenton Avdulla) used her speed that they may run away.
‘’She just skipped away, she was like a little bunny rabbit.’’
Savapinski had a two-and-three-quarter lengths margin over the fast finishing Payroll ($10). with a length to on-pace runner Token Of Love ($21) in third place.
Stephen Baster had been doing a lot of the riding for the stable but Sydney rider Brenton Avdulla was the pilot for Savapinski and he said he suspected the mare would be hard to beat.
‘’I won on her at Hawkesbury one day, and I said to them, 'she won't be at her peak until 2000 metres',’’ Avdulla said.
‘’They kept holding her back, hasn't got to 2000 metres yet, but they obviously had her set for grand final day today, maybe about two months ago, they had her prepped ready to go today.
‘’She lacks a turn of foot, but as Gai always used to tell me, she's had plenty of good horses that were one-paced, and classic example is this little girl.’’
Savapinski was well supported late from $5.50 to $4.80 but so was her stablemate Prompt Response, who firmed from $5.50 to $4.20 to go out as race favourite. But after racing just off the pace, she lacked the sprint to go with the winner and could only finish fourth.
Waterhouse-Bott’s four days at Flemington:
Victoria Derby day: Won - Cismontane $16 in group 3 Lexus Stakes
Melbourne Cup day: Won Setsuna ($4.60) in group 3 Ottawa Plate. Won - Our Crown Mistress ($2.60) in listed Lexus Hybrid Plate.
VRC Oaks day: Won - Pinot ($5.50) in group 1 VRC Oaks
Final day: Won - Savapinski ($4.80) in group 2 Matriarch Stakes