Tasmanian breeders were given a stark reminder of how much they are going to miss ill-fated sire Savoire Vivre at the Hobart Guineas meeting on Sunday.
Savoire Vivre (GB) won his first Tassie title in 2011-12 and a feature double with The Cleaner (Summer Cup) and What Life Brings (LR Hobart Guineas) has him way out in front to defend that crown this season.
Sadly, it will be a posthumous premiership because the 15 year-old son of Sadler’s Wells was put down due to advanced laminitis at Armidale Stud in October.
What Life Brings (3g Savoire Vivre – Sinizzor by Dieu D’Or) emulated his older brother Life To The Full who won the 2008 Hobart Guineas. It was a game win by the gelding who looked beaten when Kenjorwood (Snippetson) ranged up in the straight.
“It was an awesome win and a huge thrill for the family,” co-trainer Scott Brunton said. “It’s a really special day because we also raced his dam Sinizzor.”
What Life Brings is part-owned by breeder Ian Anderson along with Peter Ross, Bruce Craig and the Bruntons. “I don’t know whether we will keep him in work for the Derby,” Brunton added. “It wasn’t on our radar and he may head to the paddock.”
Savoire Vivre’s Mornington based gelding Methuselah won last year’s G3 Tasmanian Derby. He was a $30,000 buy at the 2010 Tasmanian Magic Millions and Savoire Vivre has another 16 yearlings at this year’s sale on February 14.
The Savoire Vivre – Gehenna colt on account of Armidale Stud (Lot 47) received a mainland update on Monday when the John Blacker trained Smoke ‘N’ Whisky (Helike) saluted at Wangaratta. Blacker prepared Gehenna to a Listed victory in the 2003 Cascade Classic.
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– Karl Patterson