Savanah Rush being tried on racetrack again


Savanah Rush showing the style which has won her seven races. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk)

Savanah Rush showing the style which has won her seven races. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk)

Lauren Brennan is winning a battle against the scales with her Group performer Savanah Rush.

The Cambridge trainer has been slowly trimming the talented mare down to her racing weight after her return to the stable following a failed mating.

“She went a few times to O’Reilly, but she didn’t get into foal and the connections decided to put her back into work and try and get her in foal while she’s in training next spring,” said Brennan.

“We’ve been getting the weight off her as she was quite big. It’s taken a while.”

The winner of seven races and placed two years ago in the Gr. 1 Auckland Cup and at Group Two level in the Avondale and Wellington Cups, Savanah Rush hasn’t raced for 16 months, but she has had two trials this preparation and finished a tidy fourth on her home track last week.

“It was only 1200 metres and I wasn’t sure about the heavy track, but Danielle (Johnson) said she didn’t mind the going,” said Brennan. “I’d like to head to the Taumarunui Cup at Te Rapa and try and get a couple of lead-up races before that.”

Brennan has only had a handful of runners this season, but the stable has been busy behind the scenes.

“I’ve had up to 22 in work and most of ours end up in Hong Kong or Singapore,” she said. “I’ve had some lovely horses and very well-bred ones to deal with for (agents) Michael Wallace and Gary Carvell.

“Our job is to educate them and send them up there and we’ve had a very good run.”

Group One Raffles Cup winner Super Ninetyseven and the multiple winners A La Victory (also a Group Three placegetter) and Kate’s Keeper are among recent graduates of Brennan’s operation.

NZ Racing Desk.