Savatiano Gets Her Group 1

Mark Smith - Saturday March 6

Godolphin had some unfinished business with the six-year-old Street Cry (Ire) mare Savatiano – put a Group 1 on the resume, which she achieved in Saturday’s $500,000 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick.

Savatiano wins the G1 Canterbury Stakes over fast finishing Mizzy - image Steve Hart

With seven stakes wins already to her name, including five at Group II level, Savatiano had placed in two of her previous six attempts at Group 1 level.

With Hugh Bowman in the saddle, the James Cummings-trained mare looked set for a comfortable win. Then Mizzy, trained by James’ father Anthony, emerged from the pack.

In a head-bobbing finish, Savatiano edged Mizzy by a short-half-head to deny Mizzy’s sire Zoustar an extraordinary day.

Masked Crusader (Toronado) came from last to finish a further one and a quarter lengths back in third.


tiano advanced her record to thirteen wins, nine seconds and three thirds from 38 starts with earnings of $2,453,260.

“She had a perfect preparation for this race and she was the deserving winner,” James Cummings said.

“We tossed and turned about whether to run her against the colt (Bivouac).

“It’s a point we made during the week. If he gets a couple of things wrong up to 1300m he is vulnerable, and we might as well have the horse to come along and beat him.

“She now has a deserving Group 1. She had won over $2m in prizemoney without winning that Group 1. Outside of Classique Legend, there wouldn’t be too many other horses around the world to do that.

“Hugh made her do it. He made a race of it before the turn. But she held off a late challenger. She demonstrated all her Group 1 courage.”

Savatiano is a half-sister to the dual Listed stakes-winner Athiri (Lonhro), who placed in the Group II Blue Diamond Prelude, Group III Magic Night Stakes and Group III Kindergarten Stakes.

They are out of the winning Redoute’s Choice mare Retsina, a daughter of the top-class racemare Star Shiraz, purchased by Darley for $1,125,000 at the 2007 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Star Shiraz was sold to Aquis Farm for $200,000, ten years later.

Retsina has a 2yo colt by Hallowed Crown named Vilana, a yearling colt by Lonhro and a colt foal by Street Boss (USA).

The daughter of Redoute’s Choice was covered by Blue Point (IRE) last spring.



Race Result - Heineken Canterbury Stks Gr1 1300m

Randwick Track: Good(4) Time: 1:14.41
T: James Cummings J: J Bowman 57
6m Street Cry (IRE) x Retsina (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
T: A J Cummings J: Regan Bayliss 57
5m Zoustar (AUS) x Missy Cummings (AUS) (Magnus (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone
B: Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
Masked Crusader
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry 59
4g Toronado (IRE) x She's Got Gears (AUS) (Invincible Spirit (IRE))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $340,000
V:Gilgai Farm, Nagambie
B: Hawkes Racing / Cameron Cooke Bloodstock
T: James Cummings J: G Boss 59
4h Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Dazzler (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
T: John Thompson J: N Rawiller 59
8g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Eskimo Queen (NZ) (Shinko King (IRE))
Madam Rouge
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 57
5m Zoustar (AUS) x Cabernet (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $310,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Waller Racing/Mulcaster Bloodstock
Dawn Passage
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Tim Clark 59
4h Dawn Approach (IRE) x Raja Lane (AUS) (Devaraja (NZ))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA
B: A Bott / G Waterhouse / Blue Sky Bloodstock P/L (FBAA)
T: Bjorn Baker J: J Parr 59
7g Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Isadora (AUS) (Gold Fever (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book $40,000
V:Riversdale, Scone
B: Darby Racing
T: Ms J Graham J: K Mc Evoy 59
6g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Playful Miss (AUS) (Foreplay (AUS))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $65,000
V:Symphony Lodge Pty Ltd Oakey Qld
B: Jenny Graham
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