Promising three-year-old filly Savy Yong Blonk made it back-to-back wins on Thursday when she took out the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1400m) at Arawa Park in Rotorua on Thursday.
The Jamie Richards-trained runner was sent out a dominant $1.80 favourite for the race and duly delivered despite jumping away fairly from barrier four.
Under a composed ride by Opie Bosson, Savy Young Blonk sat off the pace before being set loose in the straight, running away from her opposition to win by 1-3/4 lengths.
“She’s a nice filly who we liked at home for a while, so it’s good to see her string a couple together and hopefully she can work through to black-type now,” Richards said.
Her connections elected to bypass Christmas carnival racing at Ellerslie over the holiday period in a bid to boost her confidence ahead of a possible tilt at the Gr.3 Williment Travel Group Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on January 19.
“We wanted to miss Ellerslie on purpose over Christmas and just find another soft race for her and keep her confidence up, she’s not the easiest to train at home,” Richards said.
“I think she will probably go to the Desert Gold now at Wellington, we’ll give her a trip away and step her up to a mile.
“She’s going well and is a nice progressive filly with a good pedigree.”
Savy Young Blonk impressed jockey Opie Bosson, who belives she has the potential to add black-type to her record in the coming months.
“She has done it easy, all under her own steam, she is a filly with a lot of ability,” he said.
“Once I let the brakes go she really sprinted nicely. She has definitely got the ability (to get black-type) and her brain is getting a lot better every time she gets out there.” – NZ Racing Desk