More moments to be savoured by Marsh team

Savour The Moment sprang a surprise on Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh at Te Rapa yesterday as he took a positive step towards a Group One mission.

Savour The Moment was fresh-up in the Listed 50,000 Legacy Lodge Sprint and Marsh was concerned the 1200 metres against a field which included Group Three winner and Group One placegetter Diademe, as well as Group Two winner Miss Pelear and other stakes performers would be a bit too hot for the six-year-old.

“To be honest I thought it would be a huge run if he could finish third or fourth, bearing in mind that he only won his maiden at 1200 metres,” said Marsh. “I thought they would be a bit sharp for him so we’re rapt.”

Despite having won just once from three 1200-metre starts, Savour The Moment does have a good Te Rapa record and he kept it intact yesterday. He is unbeaten in three wins on the track and there was much to like about his latest win.

Ridden by stable apprentice Alex Forbes, Savour The Moment outfinished the pacemaker Eight Schillings to win by a long neck, while Statham held on for third ahead of Diademe, who was doing her best work at the finish.

The race was Savour The Moment’s first appearance since he finished unplaced in the Gr. 1 Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile at Trentham last January. The Thorndon is again the main goal this campaign for the son of Savabeel.

“He’s always had the ability, but he’s had niggling problems,” said Marsh. “He seems over them now but I’ll just take him along quietly. He has been quite immature, but he’s really furnished now.”

Savour The Moment has now won six of his 19 starts and he completed a successful day for Albert Bosma’s Go Racing Syndicates.

The Go Racing My Way Syndicate enjoyed success in the first event on the Te Rapa card with the Stephen McKee-trained two-year-old Prince Mambo, a candidate for the Karaka Million, which was won last year’s by the Marsh trained and Go Racing owned Ruud Awakening.

Ruud Awakening returned to New Zealand last week for a well-earned spell after finishing fourth on Melbourne Cup day at Flemington. “We’ll just see how she does before making any definite plans for her,” said Marsh.