Jockey Samantha Clenton rides Savoureux to win The Cellarbrations Handicap in January. Photo: bradleyphotos上海m.auFor David Morrow work comes first as rugby league reaches the pointy end of the season, so he will have to watch talented mare Savoureux on television in the Sheraco Stakes on Saturday.
The commentator has a love of racing and owns a number of horses, but can’t get to the track during the NRL season and watches from the studio.
It will mean 2GB listeners can expect a commercial break about 4.30pm in the build-up to the NRL semi-final between the Raiders and Sharks, which Marrow will call, so he and his mates can cheer home the mare like they did earlier in the season when she won the Wenona Girl Stakes, at group 3 level.
“I have wanted to have a horse win a group race at Randwick all my life and I ended up watching it on my phone at Campbelltown just before they ran on,” Morrow said. “It seems like every time she runs in one of these races it is late in the day and I’m working but it is good to have a mare like her to run in them.
“We cheered her home that day, I think Piggy [Mark Riddell] backed her because I told him I thought she could win and we will hopefully do it again [on Saturday].”
Morrow takes a share in Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds syndicates every year and Savoureux is the best in the bunch. She is a winner of six of her 18 starts, including a couple at black type level.
“I have been mates with Joe for a long time, we go back to the Waverley cricket days and it makes even more fun,” Morrow said. “He finds good horses at a good price and we have had a bit of success together.”
Savoureux is prepared by Kris Lees and she is targeting the group sprints for mares over the spring, and after her third behind His Majesty on August 13 there is a bit of confident she could produce another effort like the Wenona Girl.
“Kris thought she was a stayer as a young horse but he has worked her out and she sprints and goes best with her runs spaced,” Morrow said.
“The run before the Wenona Girl she ran home sectionals better than Winx and her first-up run was just as good as that.
“Joe and Kris have got Hugh Bowman on her, so we have a bit in our favour. I think she is up to running a good race again and we might look to some in Melbourne later in the spring.”