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Star mare Savvy Bromac resumed after a seven-week absence and gave another sample of her wonderful ability when she overcame a severe setback to record a stylish victory in the $26,000 Simmonds Steel Decorative Screens Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Her win over My Prayer and Blissfullabbey showed that she is fit and ready to contest the $200,000 Queen Elizabeth Mile at Menangle next Saturday week.
Owner Karl Deiley is negotiating to secure a suitable flight for Savvy Bromac to travel to Sydney, and if this is arranged within the next day or so, the New Zealand-bred five-year-old could run in next Saturday night’s $50,000 Robin Dundee Stakes at Menangle next Saturday night.
Trainer Nathan Turvey was pleased with Savvy Bromac’s win on Friday night and said that the mare would definitely go to Sydney if Deiley was able to arrange suitable air transport.
Savvy Bromac, the $2.50 equal favourite with three-year-old filly Taking The Miki, started from the outside (barrier No. 9) on the front line in the 2130m event, and Gary Hall jnr urged her forward in a bid to burst straight to the front.
But his plans were dashed when Savvy Bromac struck the arm of the mobile barrier and lost three or four lengths before settling down in sixth position. She was out three wide and Hall eased her back to eleventh position, while Chris Voak had Taking The Miki travelling strongly in the lead.
With the early pace not particularly fast, Hall dashed Savvy Bromac forward with a lightning burst after a lap to get to the front 1100m from home. She went on to win by a half-length from $18 chance My Prayer, who sustained a strong three-wide run over the final 900m. Taking The Miki finished solidly to be fourth.
“She felt terrific,” said Hall. “Nathan said that he thought she could cross from out wide and set the pace. But that plan went out of the window when we ran into the gate. I just misjudged it and tried to get out too quickly.
“However, things probably worked out in our favour, really. I was lucky I misjudged things. If Savvy Bromac had not hit the gate and I had come out harder, I probably would have got a half-length in front, but not getting to a clear lead. And we probably would’ve ended up in the breeze.”
Savvy Bromac was not fully extended, and she rated 1.58.1, with the final three quarters being run in 29.9sec., 29sec. and 28.8sec. She now has had 32 starts for 13 wins and 11 placings for earnings of $238,863.