Michael and Matthew Pitman are following an historically-proven path to Australian Group One glory with their top filly Savvy Coup.
The Riccarton trainers have taken note of events of recent seasons in planning the programme of their classy daughter of Savabeel, who will strip at the top of her game for Saturday’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.
Savvy Coup is a last-start winner of the Gr.3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) and she has improved since that emphatic victory at Hastings, according to Michael Pitman.
“She’s stayed at Trentham all the way through and been working very well on the course proper so it’s like her home track.
“We’ve been really happy with her, she won the Lowland in her first run for five weeks and first over ground.
“History shows the Lowland to be a very good race and there are direct flights out of Christchurch to Sydney and she’s booked to go on April 4.
“Both Bonneval and Sophia Rosa ran in the Lowland Stakes, the Oaks here and then won the Australian Oaks – it’s the right way to go.”
Meanwhile, at Ashburton on Thursday the father and son team will be banking on Prince Ransom (Ecolab 1600m) and Mahana (New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Pearl Series 1400m) to continue the stable’s hot trot.
“We’ve had an unbelievable run lately, we lined up two horses at Hastings (Montoya Star and Savvy Coup) and they both won and then we had three runners at Riccarton (Vinsanity, Magic Note and Don’t Be Cheeky) and they all won,” Pitman said.
“I think the old campaigner Prince Ransom is a huge chance and Mahana will go well, she was a bit unlucky last time out.”