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The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Savapinski was able to lead all of the way to win the Group 2 $300,000 7News Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington today.

Savapinski, above, all the way winner in the Matriarch Stakes at Flemington. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Savapinski, above, all the way winner in the Matriarch Stakes at Flemington. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Savapinski ($4.80) was stepping up from a last start second in the Group 3 $150,000 Powerflo Solutions Stakes (1600m) at The Valley on October 28 but didn’t give her rivals a look in at any stage to score a rousing win.

Runner up Payroll ($10) made up plenty of ground from the back but was no match for the winner while Token Love ($21) battled on in the straight to hold down third spot.

The winner’s stablemate Prompt Response was well fancied in the betting ring to start the $4.20 favourite but after having a nice run mid-race, failed to run on in the straight to wind up0 in fourth position.

The Darren Weir trained Tahanee ($4.60) was also well supported in the betting but was never a threat to finish sixth.

Winning jockey Brenton Avdulla excelled in setting a smart tempo and knew that Savapinski still had plenty in reserve for the run to the line

“This little mare started as a restricted horse. I knew today having the speed they might not run her down. Brenton had already ridden a double on Thursday and I said to him you know where the winning post is,” Waterhouse said.

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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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