Guru of Savabeel progeny believes Subban well placed
IMPRESSIVE last-start winner Subban is well placed to repeat his track and distance win when he returns to Goulburn for today’s Madden’s Stable Bedding Handicap (1400m).
The superbly bred Savabeel three-year-old is showing tremendous desire to break his maiden status first-up at the course consigning his debut failure from his previous preparation to history.
“When he had that run in the spring, he pulled up severely shin sore so it wasn’t a true reflection of the horse’s ability,’’ trainer Bryce Heys said.
“It was good to see him come out and win like that (first-up) because he did a lot wrong. Whether or not he is looking for a fraction further, time will tell, but he’s lightly-raced, very im- mature and learning his craft.’’ Heys knows as well as anyone how to bring the best out of a Savabeel and there wouldn’t be too many better-bred sons of the Waikato Stud stallion than Subban who is part-owned by the farm’s owners Gary and Mark Chittick.
“He is a very well-bred horse and typical of his family. If he is going to progress up the grades, it will be later on in life as a fouryear-old plus, like his relatives, Vision And Power, Steps In Time. Subban is out of a daughter of Glamour Puss who got going when she was a four-year-old mare so it’s just a later maturing family.’’
Heys, who can count himself unlucky not to have won at least one Group 1 with Spieth, stands an undeniable chance of a double today despite Boston Light’s hefty 62kg impost in the Goulburn Signs Class 1 Handicap (1100m).
“He is a massive horse,’’ Heys said. “I thought he was a pass mark at Hawkesbury first-up, he just knocked up late in a fast-run 1000m.’’