Stablemates thriving ahead of Adelaide debuts
20 April 2017, 1:18 p.m.
Savvy Dreams and Lamborghini have coped with the arduous trip to Adelaide like seasoned travellers, according to co-trainer Grant Cullen.
“It was a long trip – we left home last Tuesday and got here on Friday, but they both coped very well and I couldn’t be happier with the pair of them,” he said.
|Savvy Dreams Photo: Peter Rubery Race Images|
Savvy Dreams will make her Australian debut in Saturday’s Gr.3 Schweppervescence Stakes (formerly the Auraria Stakes) at Morphettville while Lamborghini tackles the UBET SA Derby 13th May Handicap.
“Savvy Dreams lost a little bit of weight on the way over, but she’s put it back on and she’s the same weight now as when we left,” said Cullen, who trains in partnership with Guy Lowry.
“She’s settled in really well and taking a line through Bonneval we would be surprised if she’s not competitive over here.”
The lightly-tried Savvy Dreams finished third in the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks behind Bonneval, subsequently the runaway winner of the Gr.1 Australian Oaks.
“Obviously, she hasn’t raced since the New Zealand Oaks, but she’s raring to go and Paul Gatt, who rides her on Saturday, was aboard when she had a run along yesterday morning and he was extremely impressed with her,” Cullen said.
Lamborghini has won two of his last three starts, including a most recent victory in the Waipukurau Cup and he will be partnered by Jason Holder.
“He jumped on and worked him this morning and he said the horse gave him a great feel,” Cullen said.
“He’s a progressive type of stayer who had foot issues earlier on, which he’s well over now. He’s up against open class horses on Saturday, but he would have been at home anyway and he likes the good tracks.
“There’s another $A100,000 race for him in a fortnight and after that is the Port Adelaide Cup over 2400 metres which will be his main goal, all going well.” – NZ Racing Desk.