Savatiano Heads 2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Field & Odds

May 27, 2021

Savatiano Heads 2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Field & Odds

Money is coming for the Godolphin-raced Savatiano to return to Group 1 winning form in Brisbane’s Kingsford-Smith Cup 2021 on Saturday.

Savatiano Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Savatiano is the firming favourite to win Saturday’s 2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup in Brisbane. Photo: Steve Hart.

The action of Queensland’s Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival moves to Eagle Farm Racecourse this weekend and features a double-shot of elite level racing including the Group 1 $700,000 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m).

The Kingsford-Smith Cup field features a capacity 16 starters and the early market mover now sitting top of the odds at $4 through Ladbrokes.com.au is classy Street Cry mare Savatiano.

The six-year-old has her third run at Eagle Farm where she previously won the Group 3 Moreton Stakes (1600m) and finished third in the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) back in 2019.

She has been a consistent performer for the powerhouse Royal Blue brigade in the two years since including her recent Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) success at Randwick this March.

Savatiano is tipped to salute at the highest level again on Saturday and atone for her narrow last start loss to Kolding in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) from April 24.

Drawn well in gate eight, Hugh Bowman comes aboard for the mare’s return to Brisbane and chases his second win in the event following a 2017 victory aboard Clearly Innocent.

Trainer James Cummings meanwhile won the race the next year with Impending (2018) and along with the favourite also saddles-up the rails-drawn Kementari ($20) and the 2019 Stradbroke champion Trekking ($8) in his bid for a second.

One-time favourite now occupying the second line of Kingsford-Smith Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is South Australian superstar Gytrash ($5).

The Gordon Richards-trained Lope De Vega five-year-old has finished worse than third in just one of his 23 career starts to date and has amassed over $3.2 million in prize money along the way.

He’s a Group 1 winning sprinter at Flemington and also won Sydney’s $1 million Winners’ Stakes (1300m) last October on the back of his $15 million The Everest third.

Gytrash returned to much fanfare on May 15 at home in Morphettville’s Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m), but only managed to run a brave third as the beaten favourite.

He seeks atonement second-up in Brisbane on Saturday, but has suffered an early blow drawing out wide in gate 15 with Jason Collett continuing his gun association on the gelding.

Double-figures are offered on the rest of the field, aside from the aforementioned Trekking, with the other most likely being Savatoxl at $13 chasing a third win on the trot.

Tony & Calvin McEvoy’s in-form Kuroshio gelding comes off back-to-back wins in Adelaide having won the Group 3 DC McKay by three lengths before his two-length upset in The Goodwood at big odds.

Barend Vorster is aboard again as Savatoxl looks to frank that form, but the galloper will need to be good going up to 1300m and rising from 56kg to 59kg at weight-for-age from a wide alley (14).

The other notable runners in the Kingsford-Smith Cup this winter include last start Group 2 Victory Stakes winner Niccanova ($15), runner-up in that Vega One who ran a close fourth in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 on May 15 and the fellow Tony Gollan-trained Jonker who finished third in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) behind Eduardo in late March.

Click here for the latest Kingsford Smith-Cup 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 19x2424x55 TREKKING James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 12 59kg 115
2 3212x131x3 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Jason Collett 15 59kg 114
3 388141×911 SAVATOXL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 14 59kg 109
4 x34303x200 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 16 59kg 108
5 0x45381x66 KEMENTARI James Cummings Joshua Parr 1 59kg 108
6 x2x010x393 VICTOREM Jenny Graham Mark Du Plessis 2 59kg 107
7 73410×5161 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Mark Zahra 3 59kg 107
8 05068622×1 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea James Orman 11 59kg 107
9 1x4494x624 VEGA ONE Tony Gollan Ms Jamie Kah 13 59kg 105
10 753x121x3x JONKER Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 4 59kg 104
11 146730×154 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 5 59kg 103
12 1x575615x3 BLAZEJOWSKI Greg Eurell Jye McNeil 10 59kg 101
13 6x1801x112 SAVATIANO James Cummings Hugh Bowman 8 57kg 114
14 08×3392941 OUTBACK BARBIE Tony Gollan Brenton Avdulla 9 57kg 103
15 0639x80x37 PENNINO Darryl Hansen Ms Tiffani Brooker 7 57kg 99
16 x1114x4937 DAME GISELLE Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 6 55kg 101

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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