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Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed and Jim Giumelli’s Swandoo Harness Racing Syndicate were full of hope that their speedy filly Temukas Girl would win the $100,000 Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Temukas Girl, the $1.65 favourite, set the pace from the No. 1 barrier for Shannon Suvaljko before wilting in the home straight to finish third behind $12.50 chance Cabsav.
Reed and Jim and Wilma Giumelli were celebrating the win of Cabsav, their second-string runner in the 1730m feature event, who was driven by Gary Hall, who had the American Ideal filly in a commanding position, one-out and one-back, before easing three wide 250m from home and then bursting ton the front at the 100m mark.
Temukas Girl, the fastest of the two heat winners, was purchased by the Giumelli family for $34,000 at the 2021 APG Perth yearling sale. They also outlaid $65,000 for Cabsav, who now has raced three times for two wins and a second placing for stakes of $66,412.
“We went to the sales and had a look at a few,” said Reed, who chalked up his ninth group 1 win with the success of Cabsav. “Breeder Kody Charles urged us to have a look at this filly (Cabsav). Jim had to go to a meeting, but Willie took a liking to the filly — and decided to buy her.
“Cabsav will now go to the paddock and have about four weeks off before coming back for further feature events for fillies.”
Cabsav rated 1.57.7 over the 1730m, which was considerably slower than Temukas Girl’s 1.56.3 rate when she won her qualifying heat. “I think that run took the edge off her and flattened her a little bit,” said Reed.
Cabsav is a half-sister to six winners, including Beltane, who has raced 102 times for 17 wins and 39 placings for stakes of $213,816. Beltane, a Victorian-bred gelding, won seven times in Victoria, six times in WA and four times in America.
She is related to former star pacer Elsu, who earned $2,030,796 from 27 wins and nine placings from 47 starts. He raced five times in Australia for four wins, including the 2003 New South Wales Derby at Harold Park, the 2004 Chariots of Fire at Harold Park and the 2006 A. G. Hunter Cup at Moonee Valley.