Rod Symons and his smart mare Savannah Moon were set to commence their seven-hour drive from Bendigo to Morphettville on Friday morning ahead of Saturday’s listed $125,000 7 News Centaurea Stakes (2019m).
The six-year-old daughter of Savabeel finished second to Hot Ruby at Flemington a fortnight ago and her trainer is confident of a forward showing at her fifth run this campaign.
“She’s racing as well as ever and opportunities are few and far between for a horse of her level to race for black type so we’ve set her for this race,” Symons told Winning Post this week.
Symons said predicted rain “is preferred and would play into our favour” as Savannah Moon lines up for her 52nd start.
This will be her second run at Morphettville — she contested the Group 3 South Australian Fillies Classic (2500m) at this meeting in 2014, running 12th.
“There has been some interest from the owners to breed with her so hopefully she puts her best foot forward,” Symons said.
The $10,000 purchase has been a terrific money-spinner for connections, with earnings of $211,610.
Savannah Moon will arrive in Adelaide on Friday evening, after a stop at Bordertown.
The stable will be represented back home at Bendigo on Sunday with the above-average Shakarl knocking on the door for his maiden win.
Monday’s impressive Tatura trial winner Crash Cranach will debut at Swan Hill on June 9 in the lucrative VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic.
Several Goldfields-based trainers sent horses to Monday’s trials at Tatura, 106 kilometres east of Bendigo.
Brian Gentle had a busy morning with nine runners. Maiden filly Final Flame won her heat over 1400m while stablemates Moncarta and Destiny’s Revenge filled placings. Handy types Rushmore, Cheree’s Shinzig and Yacht Club are also close to resuming.
Troublesome gelding Bold Approach was the quickest 1000m trial winner of the morning for Adam O’Neill, who also would have been pleased with trials from Fulcrum, Zoot Suit Riot and Desert Samurai.
Shane Fliedner and the Wingrove Park silks were represented in the final four heats, with the speedy mare Hard Spark winning heat 12. Miss Octette and Her Command also look ready for forward first-up performances.
Back to Bendigo
Racing returns to the Nursery of Champions on Sunday for an eight-race program. Entry is $15 and children under 15 years admitted free with gates set to open at 11.30am.
The BJC has a busy schedule in the back end of the 2016/17 season, with four meetings before July 31.
Feature events include the June 3 Elmore Cup meeting and the Mosstrooper Steeplechase race day on July 23.