27th August 2020 Savatiano and Cascadian ready for G1 Memsie Stakes challenge

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Having played a major role at G2-level on their seasonal debuts at Caulfield two weeks ago, the Godolphin pair Savatiano and Cascadian are in the right shape to do the same in G1 company over the same course and distance in Saturday’s Memsie Stakes.

Savatiano (Mark Zahra) won the G2 PB Lawrence Stakes over the Caulfield 1,400m on Saturday, 15 August with Cascadian (Damien Oliver) powering home from the back of the field into fourth place.

Against similar opposition, and with the improvement gained from those outings, trainer James Cummings is satisfied either of his representatives is capable of breaking through at the supreme level.

“Cascadian is ready to attack,” Cummings said.

“He’s enjoyed having the freshness knocked out of him by his first-up run, and he’s confirmed that by the sensible and easy way he’s gone about his training since.”

Cummings had approached the PB Lawrence Stakes with similar hopes and expectations, and he wasn’t let down.

“I’d hoped to see the horse storming home the way he did in the PB Lawrence from the wide barrier, and that’s exactly what he did,” he said.

“If he runs up to that here it opens up some attractive options in either the Rupert Clarke or the Makybe Diva.

“The Memsie is traditionally a good horse’s race.”

Savatiano produced a typically strong effort to register the 10th success of her career, and her fifth at Stakes-level, in the PB Lawrence and Cummings believes she now has her best prospects yet of G1 success.

“We’ve often thought of her as a bottled-up talent and now she has the chance to live up to that opinion,” he said.

“Not every horse has the chance to prove they are a G1 performer, but she’s been very effective over 1,400m at Caulfield, she’s been placed twice in good G1 company and this could be her best opportunity to win at that level.”

On the same Caulfield card, the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Lyre (Luke Currie) begins her four-year-old campaign in the G3 Heath Stakes with the stable looking to put an exasperating three-year-old season behind them.

“Looking through it, she hardly ran a bad race, and she ran belters at G1 in the Sangster and the Goodwood in Adelaide at the end of her preparation, which is very good form for a three-year-old filly,” said co-trainer Sam Freedman.

“It was a frustrating three-year-old season, but her form really wasn’t bad at all.”

Lyre will again carry the blinkers that were applied for her two Adelaide races.

“She’s hasn’t been pushed around in her two trials leading up to this. She’ll run well, but she will improve.”

In early betting markets Savatiano is $4.40 and Cascadian is $10, check out the latest betting markets.