Guru of Sav­abeel prog­eny be­lieves Sub­ban well placed

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACEDAY PREVIEW - SHAYNE O’CASS

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.’’

Bryce Heys.

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