Tasmanian Cup prospects launch Sandown raids
Trainer Terry Roles is hoping to lay the foundations for assaults on Tasmania’s major cups when Flamburr and Saval Prince ramp up their campaigns at Sandown on Wednesday.
Both horses arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday and Glen Boss will ride Flamburr in the Claudette Handicap (1600m) and Saval Prince in the Amounis Handicap (1400m).
Roles said the Tasmanian race programming didn’t suit Flamburr and success at Sandown would give her rating a valuable boost heading towards the Cups while Saval Prince joined her on the trip after being balloted from last Sunday’s Newmarket Handicap at Launceston.
“They are two of my better horses and they need to run somewhere,” Roles said.
Both horses resumed at Hobart on November 16 with Flamburr charging home to win over 1400 metres against class six horses while Saval Prince was an eye-catching fifth in a Quality Handicap over 1100 metres.
Flamburr has won five of her 21 starts and Roles believes she could emerge as a lightweight chance in the Cups.
“We just have to get her rating up a little bit but she has matured into a much bigger, stronger mare as a four-year-old and won very impressively first-up,” Roles aid.
“She has trained on so well since that run.
“It does look a winnable race being at Sandown which is a track that should suit her as she gets back and really grinds home.”
Chronic feet problems prevented Saval Prince from running in the Hobart and Launceston Cups earlier this year but the five-year-old has come back a new horse.
“He is very promising and will definitely get in to the Cups,” Roles said.
Notably Saval Prince, who has won four of his 20 starts, finished third in the Devonport Cup in January before his feet gave way.
“He is fine now and it was a super run first-up when he got back and made good ground,” Roles said.
Both Flamburr and Saval Prince are by Tasmanian-based stallion Savoire Vivre who is also the sire of last month’s Kyneton Cup winner Who’s Ya Daddy.
“He (Savoire Vivre) gets good tough horses and they do get a bit of ground,” Roles said.
The Hobart Cup (2200m) is on February 9 and the Launceston Cup (2400m) on February 25.
By Robert Windmill