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Crunch Race For Savaria

Wednesday, 12th August 2015

The opening day of the Hawke's Bay spring carnival might be a case of win or bust for outstanding Kiwi filly Savaria, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Zealand Oaks winner will launch her spring campaign in a Rating 85 event over 1400 metres in a race that could decide her immediate future. Savaria (Savabeel-Amathea, by O'Reilly) has been nominated for the final two legs of the Triple Crown series, but is equal 23rd in the order of entry to the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate and 20th for the Gr1 Livamol Classic. She shares those positions with Turn Me Loose, who has recently been reassessed to a rating of 94 and eight points above Savaria. "She would have to win first-up to get in the Windsor Park, she's well down the list," trainer Roydon Bergerson said. "If she did win we might even go to Australia for the Caulfield Cup. I would have to have a look at the programmes and all the options, or we could stay and run on the last two days at Hastings and then go over." He added: "I'll talk it over with (owners) Des and Kay Fleming and go from there, but it will all depend on what happens on the first day there." Savaria, a winner of 3 of her 7 starts hitherto, has not raced since finishing sixth behind fellow New Zealand-bred filly Gust Of Wind in the Gr1 Australian Oaks in April. "She'll go to the trials at Foxton on Thursday first," Bergerson said. "She's coming up well, she's strengthened and she looks great."

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