SAVANNA AMOUR - For some reason, this Love Conquers All mare, Savanna Amour doesn’t get the plaudits she deserves. From 14 career starts she has won six times, three at Group level and at her last preparation during the Melbourne spring carnival had five outings all at Group level for two wins and a placing by far the best performance by any Queensland horse. Since that time she has been spelling in Victoria and has had three trials, the most recent four weeks ago. Savanna Amour is about to start her winter campaign for Chris Meagher and whilst this 1050m scamper might be a little short she has won twice first-up and is relatively well weighted taking a line through Nieta whom she beat during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and meets 2kg better. Ronnie Stewart won the Gold Coast Guineas on her previously and will give her every chance. I am going to trust class to prevail.
SATONO ROSEN - Chris Waller has six of the 12 runners and all are in the market but it is the Japanese import Satono Rosen that has my interest. An analysis of the six-year-old’s record shows his best distance is 2000m with two of his three wins being at the trip. During his time in Japan, Satono Rosen ran second in the Group I Japan Derby, won a Group II and placed twice at Listed level so the class of a Doomben Cup should not be an issue. He is now having his third Australian outing and showed plenty last start in the Hollindale where after being shuffled back on the home turn he shifted out and ran on strongly between horses to be in the finish for the minor prizes. He should now be peaking, the extra 200m will suit and from gate four Glyn Schofield can give him a prefect run. With Tom Melbourne likely to set a genuine tempo, he will be the one to hold out.
YOGI - Strong staying five-year-old gelding that looks ideally suited stepping up to his preferred trip here fourth-up. Comes into this off an enormous second when charged hard late in Gallic Chieftan’s Warrnambool Cup win. Those formlines are superior to what these are capable of. There’s no such thing as a moral in racing, however this is close and I think the bookies are being extremely generous opening him up at $1.85, in our books that’s still huge value, I’ve priced him at $1.40. Using the corporates increased odds products can boost the price to about $2.20. I expect this bloke to make a real mess of these and is best banker bet of the day.
TEQUILA TIME - Honest two-year-old gelding that couldn’t have done anymore asked of him this prep winning all four starts. Despite that the bookies keep letting us on, with this bloke’s current ratings absurdly better than what any of his rivals have been able to produce in their careers. Is rock-hard fit, maps as the likely leader and also has the benefit of race experience over most of his rivals. Not saying some of these can’t improve however at this stage of their careers this bloke just seems bomb proof and expect him to again be hard to run down.
HAVE ANOTHER GLASS - Smart mare on her day that started favourite in this same race last year and was unlucky not to win after being badly held up when third behind Exocet and Sort After. Hasn’t been too far away in her recent assignments and I think the stable would be pleased with how she has been ticking along considering they have clearly had this race earmarked as her grand final this campaign. Can’t believe what price she has opened here and also gains crucial positive rider change with Dwayne Dunn now hopping aboard. I’m not declaring her as she does meet some handy types however at the same time she does look to represent terrific value, and more than happy to have a throw at the stumps on her at the big odds on offer.