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Oaks Looking Likely For Savaria
New Zealand Oaks winner Savaria (Savabeel-Amathea, by O'Reilly) appears almost certain to bid for a Classic double by travelling to Sydney for the Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick on 11 April, reports horseracing.com.au. Trainer Roydon Bergerson told Sky's Racing HQ yesterday that his original plan was to send Savaria to the spelling paddock after her NZ Oaks triumph, but because she has come through the race so well he is willing to pay the late entry fee to give her another chance at Gr1 glory. "She has pulled up very well," Bergerson said. "Why she was not in the field originally was because we thought we would turn her out after the Oaks and bring her back for the spring, but she has come through the run really well and I said to the owners that if she continues to come through it well we would pay the late nom and go to Sydney." He added, "She has only had six lifetime starts and she has just thrived on racing, she has got better and better every start." Bergerson said Savaria's regular rider Hayden Tinsley was unlikely to make the trip due to weight constraints, but that he doesn't anticipate any problems finding a replacement. "He has a bit of trouble riding 56 kilos and it is a long way to go if someone is half a kilo over," Bergerson said. "If they (the Australian jockeys) have a look at her form, in nearly every start she has run over the last 200 metres as the fastest horse on the entire program." He added, "She has a great turn-of-foot for a stayer and not many three-year-old fillies would run home in 11 seconds like she did."