Savapinski Delivers Gai Another Melbourne Cup Week Win In Matriarch Stakes

Savapinski continued the stellar week of the Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott stable with a dominant victory in the 2017 Matriarch Stakes.

Savapinski led from start to finish to win the 2017 Matriarch Stakes. Photo by: Ultimate Racing Photos

Savapinski led from start to finish to win the 2017 Matriarch Stakes. Photo by: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jockey Brenton Avdulla went straight to the front on Savapinski and he ensured that the race was run at a genuine tempo.

A few of Savapinski’s rivals looked to be travelly nicely as the field entered the Flemington straight, but Savapinski quickly put a couple of lengths on her rivals when she was asked for an extra effort and she raced away from her rivals to record a most impressive win.

No stable has trainer more winners than the Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott combination during the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival and Waterhouse was delighted to see this progressive mare claim a maiden black-type win.

“We only have 16 horses in the stable here in Melbourne and it is a real feather in the cap that we have had so much success,” Waterhouse said.

“I am so proud of the boys and girls that I work with.

“This girl here started as a restricted horse and I knew today with her speed that they might not run her down.

“Brenton rode a double on Thursday, so I told him you know where the winning post is.

“It is a wonderful track to be on and that straight really is a testing straight.”

Payroll made up ground late to finish the Matriarch Stakes in second but never looked like winning and Token Of Love rounded out the placings in third.

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2017 Matriarch Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
1 10 SAVAPINSKI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brenton Avdulla 11 55kg
2 5 PAYROLL Richard Laming Jamie Mott 2.75L 8 56kg
3 9 TOKEN OF LOVE Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Stephen Baster 3.75L 9 55kg
4 2 PROMPT RESPONSE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 4.25L 3 58.5kg
5 1 HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin Adam Hyeronimus 4.55L 10 58.5kg
6 7 TAHANEE (ARG) Darren Weir Damian Lane 4.75L 7 55kg
7 8 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle Corey Brown 6L 1 55kg
8 4 CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) Michael Kent Beau Mertens (a) 6.1L 4 56.5kg
9 12 CEDAR GRANDE (NZ) Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 8.6L 6 55kg
10 3 FLYING JESS John Moloney Jordan Childs 12.35L 2 56.5kg
11 11 STAR PATRIOT Todd Balfour Noel Callow 12.65L 5 55kg

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