The Chris Waller trained Savannah River (3f Encosta de Lago x Savannah Success, by Success Express) could not have been more impressive in strolling home to win by more than four lengths in the 1100 metre fillies maiden at Warwick Farm on Wednesday at her first run back from a good long break.
Jockey Jason Collett allowed the filly to stride forward from the outset in a move that had Waller slightly worried.
“Jason didn’t muck about, as soon as she jumped he made his intentions clear, she led clearly, I thought he was flying but obviously there was plenty in the tank cause she kicked strongly when they straightened,” Waller said.
Collett said the filly began so well and travelled comfortably in the run that he thought she was in the best spot possible.
“She crossed easy and got a couple of easy sectionals. I couldn’t really bring her back too much, she found a nice rhythm,” Collett said.
Savannah River had been placed three times previously, but appears a much stronger filly this preparation.
“She was a weak filly but she’s come back stronger and more mature now,” Waller explained.
“I’m not sure where we will go, probably look for a Saturday race.”
A homebred for Gerry Harvey, Savannah River is the sixth winner for dual Group I winner Savannah Success.
Mr Harvey has enjoyed quite a bit of success breeding to Savannah’s River’s sire Encosta de Lago with Group I winners this season Aloha and in South Africa Delago Deluxe, both sired by the Coolmore heavyweight.
Encosta de Lago made it a race to race double with the Gooree Stud bred mare Essence of Success (4m Encosta de Lago x Mosi Au Tunya, by Odyle) scoring an impressive victory to make it four wins from 10 starts.
The Gai Waterhouse trained mare is a half-sister to Yes Boss and Laguna Lake.