Chris Johnson to ride Savvy Coup in NZ Oaks

Savvy Coup. PIC; Racing Photos.

Chris Johnson is pinning his Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks hopes on Savvy Coup.

The champion jockey’s agent John Tannahill has confirmed he will ride the Michael and Matthew Pitman-trained filly in the classic in a fortnight’s time.

Johnson rode the daughter of Savabeel to a last-start victory in the Gr.3 Lowland Stakes at Hastings and a performance that has her the current $3.50 favourite for the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai-sponsored feature at Trentham.

The 53-year-old jockey also had the option of riding Contessa Vanessa after he won the Gr.3 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) on the Bullbars filly at Ellerslie on Saturday, but has opted to continue his association with Savvy Coup.