Classy pacer Saveapatrol confirmed that he has well and truly arrived on the open class scene with a win over New Zealand Cup champion Terror To Love in Saturday’s $40,000 Invercargill Cup.
Driven by Blair Orange, who is yet to be beaten on the imposing son of Christian Cullen, Saveapatrol nestled up nicely in the trail behind Arden Rooney, before getting up the passing lane to nab Terror To Love, who started from a 30 metre handicap but, in all fairness, did enjoy a nice run in the one-one.
“You can never be too confident when you are racing a horse that has won three New Zealand Cups (Terror To Love) but I did expect him to be hard to beat,” admitted trainer Mark Jones.
Jones said that he and owner Grant Hatton would discuss upcoming plans for the exciting four-year-old over the next couple of days.
“He could still go over for the Chariots but it is going to be a brilliant field and he would have to race in one of the lead-ups to be eligible,” explained Jones. “Or we could set him for the Auckland Cup in March followed by the Taylor Mile and Messenger.
Either way, he is going to be highly competitive, after all he did just beat Terror To Love in just his thirteenth raceday start.
By Mitchell Robertson