Jonathan Scully already knew Kevin Hickman had a smart horse on his
hands in Savile Row, and comments from co-trainer Michael Moroney this
week comparing the colt to former stable star Xcellent have just
Scully, racing manager for Valachi Downs proprietor and Savile Row's
breeder-owner Kevin Hickman, is brimming with confidence ahead of the
colt’s tilt at Saturday's Gr. 1 Randwick Meats Levin Classic at
"It's amazing that Mike would even contemplate comparing him with
Xcellent, because everyone knows how highly he rated him," Scully said.
"It just confirms to us that we've got a pretty special horse on our
"It's great to have a home-bred colt racing in Group One races in
Kevin's colours. Hopefully after Saturday, we might have a potential
stallion on our hands. We don't normally keep our colts, but there
weren't enough people wanting to buy him at the sales so we brought him
Runner-up to Ugo Foscolo in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas, Scully
believes Savile Row's edge came from his strength and maturity for his
"You'd think he's a four-year-old, but he's only three and that for
starters always holds you in pretty good stead," Scully said.
"At Ellerslie the other day it was like he was toying with them - and
that was a pretty good field of older Rating 85 gallopers.
"We've just got to try and not get too excited until he gets his
Group One, but that's not easy. His win at Ellerslie took Kevin and me
by surprise. We thought it would be just a nice pipe-cleaner, but the
way he won gave us goosebumps."
TAB bookmakers have the Michael Moroney and Pam Gerrard-trained
Savile Row on the second line of betting for the Levin Classic at $4.80
behind the $2.90 favourite Hall Of Fame, which surprises Scully.
"He's at great odds," he said. "We've got the draw (barrier two) and
Hall Of Fame is inside us too. Pam wants him ridden a little handier
than he was in the 2000 Guineas."
Savile Row is the TAB's $10 equal second favourite for the Gr. 1
Vodafone New Zealand Debry at Ellerslie on March 4 with Highlad, in a
market headed by Sacred Elixir at $5.
He is at $16 for the weight-for-age Gr. 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa on February 11.
NZ Racing Desk