Savanah Rush for Brisbane

Lauren Brennan got just the reaction she wanted from Mark Du Plessis after he rode Savanah Rush in an exhibition gallop at Matamata yesterday.

Du Plessis kept Savanah Rush well clear off the inside rail throughout her gallop and the mare finished off solidly with the rider coming back to the birdcage full of praise.

“We had our fingers crossed that Mark would come back and tell us what we wanted to hear and that’s what happened,” said the Cambridge trainer. “He was really pleased with her and is hoping to be able to ride her in Brisbane.”

Unlike several of the other Queensland candidates who were booked on a flight to Brisbane on Thursday, Savanah Rush will not cross the Tasman until May 20.

“She’s go over to Sydney then truck up to Brisbane,” said Brennan. “I’d rather do as much with her as we can at home before she goes. She’s not the easiest horse to train. She’s a tough mare and has got a temperament. It’s best to keep her here and go over as close to her first start as we can.”

Savanah Rush will make her Australian debut in the Gr.2 $A125,000 Premiers Cup on May 25 and her main mission is the Gr.2 $A300,000 Brisbane Cup a fortnight later.

The winner of seven of her 33 starts, Savanah Rush was second in the Gr.2 Cardinal Logistics Avondale Cup before her last-start fourth in the Gr.1 Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup.