25 June 2011 - Sedgwick squaregaiter Savannah Way produced a brilliant last quarter dash to sprint clear of his rivals and win the Group 3 Cammaroto Poultry Emerging Stars Trotters Handicap Final at Tabcorp Park on Friday night. Trained by Ross Graham and steered by Daryl Douglas, Savannah Way trotted the 2760 metre journey in 3:32.1, powering the last half of the final mile in 58.5.
Well rated by Victoria's premier driver Douglas, Savannah Way found the top mid-race from a 10 metre handicap, Douglas had last week's nemisis, Earl of Mot (Lance Justice) doing the chasing. The 40 metre backmarker from the standing start had to travel three wide with cover and although he finished on strongly he could pull back the ground that Savannah Way stole 400 metres from the finish. Race favourite Miss Warbuck (Chris Lang Jr) also travelled wide and went up to challenge Savannah Way inside the last half but wilted to finish third. Savannah Way ($5.90) scored by 3.2 metres from Earl of Mot ($3.30) with Miss Warbucks ($2.20) finishing 4.2 metres from the winner. "He (Savannah Way) did a lot of work, it was a good win, " Graham said. Savannah Way (Sundon - Poets Glory) has now won 10 races for over $60,000 in stakes. The six-year-old has turned his form around this year after winning just three of his first 36 starts. Graham said maturity has been the key to his consistency and a little experimentation with the horse has also helped. "He's been a horse that we've always been messing around with his shoes and I don't know whether it (the turnaround) is because we've got it right with that or the horse has just clicked," Graham said. "But right now I don't think it matters how he was shod because he just seems to be trotting a lot more solidly." - David Aldred