Luckless Savvy Dreams gets her chance in SA Fillies Classic

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Kiwi trainer Grant Cullen is hoping a change of luck can see his filly Savvy Dreams find her way into the winner’s stall in the Group 3 $175,000 SA Fillies Classic (2500m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

Savvy Dreams ran 4th to Volatile Mix, above, in the South Australian Derby at Morphettville. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

Savvy Dreams ran 4th to Volatile Mix, above, in the South Australian Derby at Morphettville. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

The New Zealand Oaks placegetter finished tenth at her first Australian start in the Group 3 $120,000 Schweppervescence Stakes (Registered as Auraria Stakes) (1800m) at Morphettville on April 22.

Savvy Dreams was then sent out as a $14 chance in the Group 1 $400,000 Schweppes Oaks (registered as Australasian Oaks) (2000m) at Morphettville on May 6 but was declared a late scratching after dislodging jockey Craig Williams behind the barriers.

Cullen and Hastings co-trainer Guy Lowry then had to get Savvy Dreams passed at the barriers before running her against the colts and geldings in the Group 1 $600,000 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville last Saturday.

But luck deserted the Savabeel filly again and after jumping from the outside barrier in the fourteen horse South Australian Derby, was caught wide for most of the way and Cullen said that she did a good job to hold onto fourth place behind the Darren Weir trained Volatile Mix.

“She was three wide without cover all the way and she did a good job to box on in the straight,” Cullen told racing.com.

“That was only her second run in nine weeks so hopefully there is still a bit more improvement in her.”

Cullen is happy with the way Savvy Dreams has come through the tough run in the South Australian Derby and said she was in top condition to back up this week against the fillies over the 2500m again.

“I can’t fault her condition,” Cullen said.

“She has come through the race last Saturday very well so she’ll go around again.

“If there were any doubts at all she wouldn’t be running, but she’s 100 per cent. Paul Gatt will be on her again and hopefully our luck changes.”

Adelaide jockey Paul Gatt will be in the saddle again and Cullen is hoping for a better run in transit from barrier six in the capacity sixteen horse SA Fillies Classic field.

Final Field of the 2017 SA Fillies Classic (2500m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2316×57768 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle Dwayne Dunn 9 56kg 79
2 1542304 SAVVY DREAMS (NZ) Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen Paul Gatt 6 56kg 78
3 89×3172233 ANA ROYALE Stuart Webb Mark Zahra 11 56kg 73
4 x994818032 PARTHESIA (NZ) Darren Weir Damian Lane 4 56kg 73
5 1135×73470 PRETTY PUNK SABOIS Bonus Scheme Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 18 56kg 73
6 936×14625 MISS STRATHALLAN David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 8 56kg 67
7 44122×684 TIFFANY’S LASS Danny Laws Mark Pegus 3 56kg 67
8 3131 CEDAR GRANDE (NZ) Robert Smerdon Luke Nolen 14 56kg 66
9 745311 YOUNG HOSTESS David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 17 56kg 66
10 02×3231 LILYMORN (NZ) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 15 56kg 63
11 528×33108 ALMALITA Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 12 56kg 61
12 77×414 MOJESTIC Michael Moroney Luke Currie 1 56kg 61
13 65×321095 ROCK GISELLE Lee & Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 5 56kg 61
14 529×193054 ABOVE AUTHORITY Darren Weir Dean Yendall 7 56kg 60
15 17×66603 GRAN TRYPHENA Lee & Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 16 56kg 59
16 010×558 SO DISTINCT Robbie Griffiths Dom Tourneur 2 56kg 59
17e 51×6762 ROSALEEN DUBH (NZ) Francis Finnegan 19 56kg 58
18e 7106×60501 CASINO CLUB Roslyn Day 13 56kg 57
19e 259525522 L’AMOUR DE MA VIE Darren Weir 10 56kg 56

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.


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