O’Shea Unhappy With Gloaming Stakes Barrier Draw

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John O’Shea trained- Savvy Nature will need plenty of luck in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday after he drew the outside barrier in the 14 horse field.

John O'Shea is looking ahead to the Victoria Derby with progressive gelding Savvy Nature.

John O'Shea is looking ahead to the Victoria Derby with progressive gelding Savvy Nature. Photo by: Daniel Costello

Savvy Nature will head into the Gloaming Stakes in excellent form after he recorded the biggest win of his racing career in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle last Wednesday.

The Savabeel gelding travelled towards the tail of the field in the early stages of the race but showed an impressive turn-of-foot when asked for an extra effort by jockey James McDonald to score a decisive win running away from the rest of the field.

While O’Shea is clearly happy with the form of the three-year-old, he admitted that he was disappointed when the Gloaming Stakes barrier draw was announced but is still hoping that his promising galloper can be competitive in the Group 3 event.

“He has a bit of a sod of a gate to be fair,” O’Shea told Racing Ahead on RSN.

“He will probably end up going a long way back but there looks to be a bit of speed there with a couple of sprinter/milers of Gai’s (Waterhouse) stepping out to 1800.

“We will go back and try to get on the back of Drago at some stage and see if we can’t be competitive that way.”

Savvy Nature has been included in the nominations for the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on October 12 as well as the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on November 2 and O’Shea is confident that the Spring Stakes winner will continue to improve when he is given the opportunity over longer staying trips.

“That is his forte; he is bred to run a bit of ground,” O’Shea said.

“He is a big tough unit and he is just starting to get a bit of fitness now.

“Hopefully he will be more effective as the races get longer.”

Savvy Nature has the opportunity to become the first horse to complete the Spring Stakes/Gloaming Stakes double.

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Thomas Hackett

Thomas is a passionate and opinionated racing journalist and punter who has been obsessed with horse racing since he backed Saintly to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup. An international racing enthusiast, he has his finger on the pulse of racing news not just from Australia but all around the world.


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