10th September 2020 Flit and Savatiano seeking more Stakes success in Sydney and Melbourne

Mike Hedge

The resumption of a “lethal” G1-winning partnership, a drop in distance and the addition of blinkers have reinforced stable faith in the talented mare Flit ahead of Saturday’s G2 Sheraco Stakes at Rosehill.

Flit established her class with victory in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield last spring and confirmed her status with another impressive win in the G2 Light Fingers Stakes at Randwick the following autumn with leading rider Hugh Bowman in the saddle on both occasions.

Her form since has been a shade below her peak, but trainer James Cummings believes that situation is about to be rectified.

“It’s going to be nice to have Hugh Bowman back to give us a horse and jockey combination that was lethal back in February in the Light Fingers,” he said. “I’m also very happy to see her back at six furlongs with the blinkers back on.”

Flit is one of a pair of high-class Godolphin mares in action on Saturday, with Savatiano out to make it two Stakes wins on end in the G2 Let’s Elope Stakes at Caufield.

The winner of 10 races, Savatiano began her spring campaign with a resounding win against males in last month’s G2 PB Lawrence Stakes.

And Cummings is satisfied she has progressed in precisely the right direction since a minor incident caused her to miss an intended assignment in the G1 Memsie Stakes two weeks ago.

“She’ll be fighting fit and dangerously hard to beat,” he said.

“This might be Plan B after missing the Memsie Stakes, but she carries winning form against the males over this distance into a race that suits a mare who has won 10 races and close to $2 million.”

“Her win in the Lawrence maintained her great first-up record, and there’s not a lot wrong with her second-up form either.”

The two mares will be supported on Saturday by Duca Valentinois and Ranier who form a strong double act in the G2 Theo Marks Stakes at Rosehill.

Duca Valentinois began his career in Ireland winning twice at The Curragh and has added six Australian victories to his record, four of them at Stakes level. He resumes from his winter spell on Saturday.

“He’s had a good break between preparations which should put some speed back into his legs,” Cummings said.

“He might appear round and burly, but he’s feeling good and has the opportunity to add to a record to be proud of.”

Ranier is also first-up in the Theo Marks, having concluded his last campaign with a creditable fifth, beaten one length in the G1 Stradbroke Handicap.

“His autumn form was extremely pleasing and with a short break and only the one trial leading into this race, he still has plenty of bounce in his step,” Cummings said.

The Godolphin pair are opposed by an even field that includes the well-performed Queenslanders Tyzone and Niccanova and the lightly-raced New Zealander Riodini, a G1 placegetter at his latest run.

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