The Mick Price-trained Savaheat (Savabeel x Heat Storm) made light work of his rivals at Sandown on Easter Monday winning the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1800m).
Ridden by Damien Oliver, the four-year-old gelding travelled nicely at the rear of the field before making his move with 800m to go. He looped the field and hit the lead at the 500m mark and held off his challengers to win by a length from Tavirun.
“It was a good win,” stable representative Mick Nolan said.
“The 1800m suits him. The way the race was run suited him and he was going to be hard to beat in the straight home.”
It was the third win for the graduate of Trelawney Stud’s 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock yearling draft, and the first for the Price stable.
“This is probably his grade but with a bit of maturity he might get better,” Nolan said.
“He is suited to these type of races. He is a fairly easy horse to train with no problems or issues.”