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Promising mare Savatiano returned to the winner’s stall when she cruised past her rivals to win the Group 3 $150,000 Grinders Coffee Roasters Stakes (1300m) at Eagle Farm today.

Savatiano, above, was the winner of the Grinders Coffee Roasters Stakes at Eagle Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

Savatiano, above, was the winner of the Grinders Coffee Roasters Stakes at Eagle Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

The James Cummings trained Savatiano had the race set up for her when the nominal leader Quilista took up the running from the outset with Tommy Berry settling the Godolphin owned mare in a lovely trailing position.

Berry, with the famous Godolphin royal blue colours on, let Savatiano ($3.30) move up to Quilista soon after straightening and the Street Cry mare went straight past the $2.60 favourite to record a two and three quarter lengths victory.

The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Quilista battled on for second with the well-tried Eckstein ($9) doing her best work at the finish to fill third spot.

“She turned up in great form. She has been a very consistent mare her whole way through,” Berry said.

“I gave her a little bit of a click coming to the corner to close because I didn’t want to him get out of my sights, but she went straight by.”

“I just held her up until the furlong and let her do it and she was very impressive.”

Cummings said that Savatiano has been impressing the stable of late and was a deserved winner of the Group 3 race

“She was very fit today. The leader was bit fresh and was the horse to beat and we were able to cruise up to her,” Cummings said.

“She has run in some very good races and is deserving of her second Stakes win here and I would like to think she has another one in her.”

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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.