The partnership of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have been unstoppable over the Victorian spring and they added to their fine record when Savapinski (NZ) under Brenton Avdulla dominated the $300,000, Group 2 7News Matriarch Stakes (2000m) for mares at Flemington on Saturday.
On Thursday they won the Group 1 VRC Oaks with Pinot to go along with earlier wins with Cismontane (NZ), Setsuna and Our Crown Mistress.
Savapinski was typically fit and ready to race with Avdulla taking the four-year-old Savabeel mare to the front and there they stayed. Entering the main straight Avdulla opened the gas pedal and the mare kept widening her margin to finish 23/4L ahead at the line. Avdulla twirled his stick in salute.
Of the rest Payroll (Not A Single Doubt) and Jamie Mott were second with Token Of Love and Stephen Baster third, the margin 1L. The Waterhouse and Bott trained Prompt Response, the $3.90 favourite was fourth.
The time was 2.01.59 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 35.94. Savapinski paid $5.00 on fixed odds and $5.10 on the NSW tote.
Brenton Avdulla starts to think about the celebration with Savapinski (NZ), picture Quentinjlang.com
“It is fantastic. They have said we have won the trainers award for having the most amount of winners. That is something I have never done before. It is a big thrill,” said Waterhouse.
“She is a mare on the rise and I targeted this race for a while, I thought she would be very hard to beat. I knew if Brenton used her speed that they may not run away.
“She just skipped away, she was like a little bunny rabbit. We will come back again and maybe win it again next year,” she said.
"She lacks a turn of foot, but as Gai always used to tell me, she has plenty of good horses that were one-paced, and classic example is this little girl," said Avdulla.
"I had to get going and flow along but I kept building the tempo from the 1000m onwards. She dropped them around the bend and the polish kicked in late. She was too good for them.
"Any winner during the four-day carnival is good, but obviously they have had a good week and it is lovely to ride another winner during the carnival,” he said.
Savapinski, out of the Pins mare Swarovski, came to Flemington off a second in the Group 3 Tesio Stakes over 1600m at The Valley on Cox Plate Day, October 28th, and she stepped up to the Group 2 victory with ease for her fourth win from just seven starts. She has earned stakes of $265,880.
The mare is owned by a large group including Dynamic Syndications Racing, Mr D C Batchelor, Mrs K P Batchelor, Mr M C Davey, Mr D L Wilton, Triquetra Spirit, Mr C J Sheehan, Mr E Fuller, Mr R B McKay, Mr I J Middleton, Ms A A Bradley, Dr M G Purcell, Mrs M A Stocks, Mr L S Oades, Tiding, Mr R G Bravington, Mr B K Miles, Mr J Naumovski, Mr N K Earl and Mr R W Wray.
The start of the victory twirl, picture Quentinjlang.com